IFT Board Leadership Applications

In every area of the organization, IFT’s volunteer leaders are a driving force in delivering value, creating a culture of inclusion, and bringing our mission, vision, and pillars to life. Serving as a member of the IFT Board of Directors is a possible next step for those who have demonstrated leadership commitment, effort, and involvement with IFT throughout their membership and are interested in being part of its growth and evolution.


The Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of leaders who generously contribute their time and expertise to further the advancement of IFT’s members, the profession, and the science of food. During a specified time, each year, eligible members of IFT have the opportunity to submit an application to serve as a Director on the IFT Board of Directors or in the Office of the President.

IFT Leadership Applications Timeline

December 7, 2022
Applications Open

January 23, 2023
Applications Due

February 15-17, 2023
All candidates will be contacted by the Leadership Development Committee.  Reference calls for candidates moving to the second round of the process.

February 28 – March 1, 2023
Interviews via video conference.  All candidates will need to be able to participate in the video interview.

March 2-3, 2023
All candidates will be contacted by the Leadership Development Committee.

March 17, 2023
Announcement of candidate state and petition process to the membership.

April 7, 2023
Petition Deadline

May 15-17, 2023
Board Orientation (Chicago, IL)

September 1, 2023
Terms begin for new IFT President-Elect and Board members

Candidate Guide

Our Candidate Leadership Guide provides details about the responsibilities, expectations, and time commitment, as well as the competencies, experience, and expertise we are seeking in our Board members. Individuals who possess the competencies, experience, and expertise identified in the guide are highly encouraged to apply.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

IFT is committed to ensuring members have access and the opportunity to contribute to their fullest potential. Diversity and inclusion are key to our mission to connect global food system communities to promote and advance the science of food and its application. Therefore, we believe it is critical to attract and engage a diverse population of members and food science professionals to lead IFT through Board service. The Board strives to achieve broad representation of membership demographics and multi-representational factors, including career stage, education, areas of practice type and setting (e.g., academia, government, industry, consultancy), broad global and cultural experience, and diverse special interests and expertise (e.g., food safety, regulatory, engineering, agriculture, sustainability, etc.). Please visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for more information.


Please contact Charlotte Patterson, Staff Liaison to Leadership Development Committee, for more information or to submit a question.

"Being on the Board of Directors during such an unprecedented time was one of the highlights of my career. It was a rewarding experience to collaborate with a talented, diverse team to successfully address our enormous challenges while creating the path to a bright sustainable future for IFT. It was a truly transformative experience."

- Noel Anderson, PhD, President 2020-2021,
Institute of Food Technologists
Noel Anderson