IACP Announces New Board Nominations

IACP is excited to welcome two new nominations, Vallery Lomas and Karen Watson, to the IACP Board of Directors. You can review our IACP Board nominations policy here.

Vallery Lomas has a B.A. in psychology and French from the University of Southern California and graduated from USC’s Gould School of Law. She is a member of the California and New York State Bar Associations.  She worked as an attorney for eight years in Washington, D.C. and New York City. During her final year of law school, she started a food blog, Foodie In New York. She has developed recipes, shot photographs, served as a brand ambassador, and appeared at food and wine festivals on behalf of a number of prominent brands. In 2017, Vallery won ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show.” She has since appeared on CNN’s The Michaela Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and ABC’s The Chew, and as a guest host on Fox’s Top 30 and Newsday’s Feed Me TV. She presented at the 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago. She has been featured in People Magazine, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Grubstreet, the Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, and many others. In 2018, Bake from Scratch selected her as one of their 2018 “Baker’s Dozen,” and The Kitchn included her in its list of “10 People to Watch in Food in 2019.”

Karen E. Watson is a strategic consultant whose practice centers on using market research and advertising techniques to create greater public demand for health. Watson established a business vertical at Nielsen to sell data, analytics, and solutions to the government and public sector matching the interests of public policy entities, domestic and global, to Nielsen’s broad array of information and services. She was the primary driver behind the innovative “Drink Up” project, a national public health campaign to encourage Americans to drink more water. Watson has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, media and marketing. Watson’s early career was as a journalist for PBS, National Public Radio and The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. She is an investor in Farmer’s Fridge and a board member of both Wholesome Wave, and the Gold Foundation and an advisory board member of several food and tech startups. She also advises the Obama Foundation’s effort on Civic engagement.


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