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Dan Glickman

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

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About Dan Glickman

Glickman is a distinguished fellow in the Center on Global Food and Agriculture at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, having co-chaired the Center for nearly a decade. He is also a senior counselor and chair of the International Advisory Board at APCO Worldwide; senior advisor to the US Global Leadership Coalition; and a long-time board member and now lead director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group). In addition to his work at the Council, he serves as an adjunct professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston; a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center; and a strategic advisor and counselor at The Russell Group.

In 2021, Glickman became a first-time author and published his memoir, Laughing at Myself; my Education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies, through the University of Kansas Press.

Glickman has been actively engaged in promoting bipartisanship in the US Congress, retiring as vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of its Congressional Program after 10 years. He is a board member of the American Cancer Society Action Network; the domestic anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center; Issue One, a cross-partisan political reform group; World Food Program-USA; past chairman and now a board member of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, having served as the chairman of the MPAA from 2004-2010.

From March 1995 until January 2001, Glickman served as the US Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration. Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, he served for 18 years in the US House of Representatives for the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. While in Congress, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.

Before his election to Congress in 1976, Glickman received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. degree from The George Washington University. In recognition of his service, Glickman has also received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Kansas State University and an honorary Doctor of Laws from The George Washington University Law School.