The White House Names Debra Eschmeyer Executive Director of Let’s Move! Initiative, Replacing Sam Kass

Fri. January 9th, 2015
- by Jordan Okumura     

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House has named Debra “Deb” Eschmeyer as the Executive Director of Let’s Move!, the role previously held by Sam Kass who left in December. Deb will also be a Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. 

First Lady, Michelle Obama“For more than a decade, Deb has been leading the way in teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

The First Lady continued, “From classrooms and gardens to kitchens and farms, Deb has made learning about nutrition fun and accessible for kids across the country. I am thrilled that she will be continuing this important work here at the White House, and I know she will be an invaluable addition to our team.”

As the Executive Director, Deb will lead the First Lady’s initiative to help raise a healthier generation of kids with longer, healthier lives, according to a press release. In her role as a Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, she will also advise on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!

Through her career, Deb created public-private partnerships to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to combat childhood obesity and food insecurity. She co-founded FoodCorps, a national AmeriCorps service program that places emerging leaders into schools in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.

In that year, the FoodCorps service members teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition, build and tend school gardens, teach cooling lessons and help change what’s on school lunch trays.

Congratulations on these appointments, Deb!

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