Mayor Bowser today announced the appointment of Ona Balkus as Food Policy Director within the Office of Planning. The Food Policy Director, along with the Food Policy Council, were launched by Mayor Bowser in 2015 to improve food access, equity, and economy for all in the District.
Ms. Balkus comes to the Bowser Administration having previously served District residents as the Legislative Counsel for the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment since August 2016. Her portfolio included food and nutrition policy, parks and recreation, clean water, and public works. During her tenure, Balkus drafted several significant pieces of food-related legislation, including the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2017, the Save Good Food Act of 2017, the Women, Infants, and Children Program Expansion Act of 2018, and the Healthy Parks Act of 2018.
Source: Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington DC