David Von Behren became the LM supervisor for the Education, Communication, History, and Outreach Team in October 2021. He previously served the hunger-fighting mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for more than 11 years. He was the Regional Public Affairs Director for the Denver office, leading communications and partnerships across an eight-state region.
He worked alongside senior leadership to demonstrate the impact of federal nutrition programs for schools, food banks, Native American tribes, and underserved communities. During his tenure at FNS, he led the school nutrition program as Branch Chief, managing the National School Lunch Program in the region.
Before joining USDA, Von Behren worked as a Trade Commissioner in the Canadian government, promoting life sciences research and business development between the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, he was Director of Public Affairs for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. He began his career as a producer for NBC News in Tucson, Arizona.
Von Behren holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Public Health Administration and Policy (MPH), both from the University of Arizona. He is a 2021 graduate of the first class of the Rocky Mountain Executive Leadership Academy and earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.