IFT Student Association Leadership

Leadership & Governance

The IFT Student Association (IFTSA) is comprised of passionate science of food students from around the globe working together to develop meaningful engagement, networking, and learning opportunities for future professionals. IFTSA's mission and vision developed by the IFTSA Strategic Planning Task Force,  were approved by the IFT Board of Directors in November 2015. IFTSA annually convenes the task force to review the Strategic Priorities.

IFTSA Leadership Slate

Review the slate of candidates for 2020-2021 leadership roles.

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Our Vision

  • A global community of emerging food professionals who are passionate and informed students, ready for the future of their choosing. 

Our Mission

  • To enrich the academic experience with diverse opportunities that empower students to achieve their full potential.

Our Strategic Priorities (Promises)

  • Connect – Bring people, ideas, and opportunities together to support students’ professional goals
  • Develop – Provide opportunities for skill development beyond the classroom and lab
  • Support – Cultivating an inclusive environment where all individuals pursuing an education in the science of food can thrive.
Each year, IFT student members have the opportunity to submit a nomination to be part of the IFTSA Board of Directors, or to become IFTSA President-Elect. 

The nomination process, as approved by the IFTSA and IFT Board of Directors in November 2016, is outlined in the IFT Student Association Bylaws. Candidates submitting their applications by that year’s deadline are vetted by the Nominating Committee, and then the IFT student membership is notified of the slate of candidates. Candidate profiles are also posted to the IFT website. 

Following that, student members have 15 days to submit additional nominations to the Nominating Committee. Such nominations must be supported by a written petition signed by at least 2 percent of IFTSA’s eligible voting members. Of those members, not more than 33 percent may be identified with any one university. 

If there are no additional nominations by the review deadline, the slate of candidates is considered approved and the candidates will begin their terms of service on September 1. 

IFT Student Association Board of Directors (2020–2021)






Area Meeting Chairs (2019–2020)




Area Meeting Chair contacts listed are for the 2019–2020 academic year. Chair contacts for the 2020–2021 will be updated as they become available.

Competition Chairs (2020–2021)