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Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman, 26th Secretary of Agriculture, January 1995 - 2001. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg
Chairman and Chief Executive of the Motion Picture Association of America
In office
Preceded byJack Valenti
Succeeded byChris Dodd
26th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 30, 1995 – January 19, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMike Espy
Succeeded byAnn Veneman
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byDave McCurdy
Succeeded byLarry Combest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byGarner E. Shriver
Succeeded byTodd Tiahrt
Personal details
Daniel Robert Glickman

(1944-11-24) November 24, 1944 (age 75)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Rhoda Yura (m. 1966)
Children2, including Jonathan
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

Daniel Robert Glickman (born November 24, 1944) is an American politician, lawyer, lobbyist, and nonprofit leader. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented Kansas's 4th congressional district as a Democrat in Congress for 18 years.[1]

Following his departure from public office, Glickman led Harvard University's School of Government and Institute of Politics.[1]

He was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 2004–2010.[2]

He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues. He also co-chairs BPC's Democracy Project[3] and co-leads the center's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,[4] MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger[5], the board of Friends of the World Food Program[6] and is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[7] He also serves on the Council on American Politics at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[8]

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There was an American philosopher who once said: "For every complicated problem there is a simple and a wrong solution." And I heard... some of the most brilliant propositions I heard today, but I'm probably the only politician in the group that is speaking today, maybe the minister's fit that category. So I've been a legislator and a regulator and a politician. And the two items that I didn't hear very much about today are politics and culture. So food is so personal. A French philosopher said, "you are what you eat." So I was thinking to myself, almost everything I heard today from climate change to nutrition to personalized food; these are all really important subjects dealing with all the amazing things that are happening in the world: how to feed a hungry world, do it more sustainably, But we've kind of had a feeling about food and food production for the last 10,000 years as long as human beings have operated in this world that it takes on this different aspect of it. Food is kind of part of our lives, it's part of our families, it's part of our religion, it's part of our culture, it's part of everything we do in life. We sleep, we eat, we work. And so, you know, how everything that we've talked about today to move the ball forward is consistent with a culture which makes this a lot more different, and with the consumer that is ultimately going to be the big determiner of our system. And so it's complicated. So can Dubai or the UAE become a hundred percent fully self-sufficient doing everything their own way? Maybe, but not in the short term, I can tell you that right now. We're too enter-dependent in the world. We gotta make what I call incremental progress at taking these things on. The most important thing we can do in the short term is to recognize that agriculture research has suffered dramatically with reduced expenditures by governments and the private sector all over the world. So today in the United States, we're spending about the same amount of money in agriculture research as we did 30 years ago, not taking into account inflation. The research into health research and defense research has doubled and tripled but not in agriculture and food research. So if the UAE and the government here can do anything, it's to encourage universities, government, and the private sector to look at all the issues that were raised today. And that's something that's just really important to move the ball forward. Secondly, there's going to be this kind of resistance among farmers in the world to a change that will eliminate farming as we know it. Now I don't think that's what anybody ever really intended here, that we're going to limit the hundreds of millions of acres that produce food around the country. Hopefully we can do it better and in a much more diverse way, but to a lot of people out there who come from, let's say regions of the world without the technology and the knowledge of the people who are presented here today, they are going to look at this and say: "What do these people know?" These elite people, these scientists, these massive thinkers around the world in terms of how my life is actually going to operate, how my family's is gonna operate? I only mention that because the subject of culture and politics often go down one track and science and medicine goes down another track. The last speaker talked about this issue, that we're finally realizing that health and medicine have a lot to do with each other. The medical community has been absent without leave when it comes to what we feed people. Most doctors know nothing about nutrition, they're not trained in it at all. Most medical schools don't give people much involvement in that. And so, we see this as a kind of a comprehensive problem. I agree with almost every one of these amazing technologies. The question is how you implement them in a world where traditional agriculture has been such a dominating factor for the last 10,000 years. It's going to be hard to change that just on an automatic dial. It's going to take a lot of discussion. And the issue of trust was brought out, that is, people have to trust their food producers they have to trust their institutions in order to get these things done. So I hope we can move these technologies forward. I don't think they're going to change the world overnight. We know that climate change is a real problem and we gotta move in the direction to adapt and mitigate, but it's not going to be changed in the next two years to 5 years. This is a longer-term process to deal with, and it's only if countries politically recognize that this is an important thing to do. One final point, agriculture and food was never part of global discussions for the last 75 years since the Second World War. You go to these G7 meetings and G20 meetings and they talk about a lot of things, but food, the only thing they talked about is when was dinner and that was it. Okay. That has begun to change - It's great. - That is a remarkable thing. People are beginning to realize that this is part of life, this is part of the future of the world. And that's a constructive thing, that's why I really give credit to the UAE government for doing this kind of conference, it elevates it and it makes it much more exciting. So that's the end of my soliloquy today. Thank you Secretary. So, David, you're one of these modern farmers. I guess, first, would you agree with the Secretary that it's going to take a long time for these new technologies and new innovations to take hold in cities around the world? Let's say our model city here for this discussion. And then secondly, how would you expedite that if that's the case? How do you introduce this to society? Thanks Greg. You know, I'll start off...So I lead AeroFarms, we are vertical farming company. And I'll share a little bit of how the present is here. We have just built our ninth facility. It's what we understand is the biggest vertical farm in the world. It's about the size of this building we are in. So imagine towers that are 12 levels high, 80 feet long, and there are 40 of them that are producing food that is sold to ShopRite. Shoprite, if you're not familiar, it's like a middle-of-the-road supermarket. And we grow leafy greens from a technology standpoint, and we think we can grow anything. But from an economic business plan standpoint leafy greens make sense today. About sixty percent spoilage in the category, food safety, eleven percent of all food safety contamination is from this category. And we grow it using about ninety-five percent less water than in the field. Zero pesticides, herbicides, fungicides. And my biggest surprise in this journey, and I come from the nanotech space, I built a nanotech company before this which was very data-centric. And I used to look at this as supply chain play, and realizing taking a very scientific approach, isolating variables, testing assumptions, we were able to change and manipulate the tastes and the textures. So, where the criticism of indoor AG is that the food doesn't taste good, the compliment to what we've been able to do is create textures that are wonderful, tastes that are wonderful. So, for example, we also have this data centric approach, we take about 20 million data points a day in a farm this size. And we were able to stress the plant, not genetically but environmentally, to make a kale softer. So most people like kale because it's very it's very nutritionally dense, we are able to do that to make it more tender. We have even been able to take an arugula and make it more peppery. Watercress and influence vitamin A, B, C, D, antioxidants. And in terms of implementation, so we're doing this now this big project, this senior debt was funded by Goldman Sachs and Prudential, and why that's key is the senior debt is less risk-averse than equity. So here Prudential, Goldman Sachs, they want to get repaid. So looking at our 8th and 7th farm taking the data from that, getting comfortable that we could pay back the senior debt. So that farmers just launched about two months ago and we're selling to supermarkets presently. To give you a sense of what I mentioned, we are farmers but we also consider ourselves a technology company, so to share what that looks like, we have about a hundred and eighteen full-time employees 60 of which have advanced degrees. And these are, on the engineering side, people with mechanical engineering backgrounds, structural engineering, electrical engineering, PLST engineering, process engineering, industrial engineering, that are working with the lights, the frames, the fans, the pumps, all intersecting together to constantly reduce capex and apex to make this viable today. And then on the other side, we have plant biologists, plant physiologists, molecular biologists, microbiologists, that are all looking at how do we take these data sets and improve, not just the yield which reduces operating costs, but also the taste and the textures. And then in between that we have software programmers and data scientists that are feeding information to R&D. So the more we build these farms the more data sets we have, and controlling the data sets is key for reducing capex. So today we're in North America and we're going into China. One of the reasons I came here is we think for a lot of reasons the UAE, the economics are better than other places in the world, better than the United States, where our biggest cost of goods sold is energy. So here there's a big competitive advantage from an energy standpoint, where energy's a seventh of what it is in the U.S. Plus, because of all the imports talked about, one of the presenters just talked about fifteen percent of GDP for importing. So it seems like there's a smart business plan having to do with local food production, less spoilage. Remember, sixty percent of leafy greens spoil in the category. So there's big opportunities. And lastly, I'll share, one of those companies that was shown that went out of business, we actually sold them their first farm piece of equipment about six years ago. And one of the things we learned is operations matter. So while that was version 1.1 and we're in version 3.0 of design and engineering the operating side really matters, especially from a food safety standpoint. So, we have a hundred and twenty SOP, standard operating procedures, of how food moves around in a farm, about 60 of those SOPs, fifty percent, are dedicated to food safety and food safety matters. Remember, eleven percent of all food contamination in this space. So how there's a washing cycle and how there's a traceability cycle is key. To share what that looks like at AeroFarms, we grow on these trays, no sun, no soil. Instead of soil we have cloth as a growth media. We have RFID tags on a cloth that send data back, but also from food traceability standpoint are raising the bar to levels that's never been seen. So everyone instantaneously... not only do our operators know, not only does our R&D team know but the retailer's know who touched it and when. So imagine if there's a food contamination, instead of saying within these ten acres we are able to say within this 5 foot by 3 foot cloth we know you touched it when and where the lots were if there was some sort of contamination. And then finally, most contamination spreads in the washing cycle. So you think of a triple wash food it's to get off the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, our cloth, ,we barrier the fertilizers we are able to use things like light to reduce pest reduction pest infiltration, grow without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides. So there's no washing cycle. Washing is where you have a micro contamination become a macro contamination. So, through innovation there's a lot of ways to reduce risk to get fresh food. And today, this is viable here. I recently keynoted at the indoor Ag. conference where I did share that ninety percent... I thought ninety percent of the players in the space are going to go out of business. We get a lot of interest from Japan too. And the economics are tough right now. We've put in automation and seeding, harvesting, cleaning and packaging to reduce the operating cost, and that's the labor component of cost of goods sold. But the details matter. The complexity in the space is tremendous. And it's going to, in terms of being viable, while it's there today, there's not necessarily one winner and everyone else is a loser, there could be many winners, but there's going to be a lot of pain till the industry matures and there are more and more successes. Mark, maybe you'll dream with me a little bit on my model here, because you're already doing something here in Dubai as part of the future accelerators. Maybe talk a little bit about the work that you're already doing here in the city and how it relates back to the sort of the work you're doing in the UK as well. Sure. So just a quick introduction about Winnow, we put technology in the kitchens to monitor what gets thrown away, we then feed that information back to chefs. And what ends up happening when you give chefs information about what's being wasted is typically you can cut food waste by value by anywhere between about 40 to 70 percent. And what that means to a hotel's food costs is we tend to reduce their food costs by anywhere between 3 to 8 percent. So, it's a three to eight percent reduction in food purchases, delivering somewhere between a 2 to 10x ROI on average. We recently had a site in Myanmar get 36 times their money back. So the economics are there. I think to, you know, ask your question about what can be done to move quickly in a world where we need change fast, and I think what I'm slightly frustrated by in the conversation of food waste is we are right now basically telling people that they need to do something differently. And if we look back on how we thought about that with energy, that's the equivalent of when we were telling people to turn off the lights. And like that's quite frankly doesn't drive mass change. It doesn't really drive the change and the world we want to see in the future. What does work is data. And what does work is helping people understand how they compare against their peers, help them understand where the opportunities are, and to be able to drive that. And so I think one of my challenges would be that if you really want to take this step forward, how do you invest in a data platform around waist where actually data just is non-existent? You know, we have hardly any data on what's actually wasted in homes, what's wasted in restaurants and what's wasted in the supply chain. So we believe we have a solution for the hospitality industry. We've experimented with homes with the UK retailer Sainsbury's, and what we find is that if you take that data you can drive that change. I think, a significant investment in that platform would be one way for Dubai to lead on preventing food waste, and then once prevented, once you're there, then you can start thinking about areas like redistribution, sending it to the right source. Great. So I think we are out of time, but let's keep going ,one more question. I want to hear from all of you. So we hear culture, culture, culture, right? This isn't a... We have challenges around science, we have challenges around technology. I think we're addressing those things from a number of fronts, but food is, to your point, highly emotional and culturally based. So, do we stop talking about reducing climate impact and stop talking about impact to the overall environment, and do we start talking about saving money? Do we start talking about, "hey! you're going to pay less. It's going to cost you less to do things," or, "you're being robbed nutritionally on a daily basis." Are these the things that we need to start talking about when it comes to food security so we get people to stand up and listen and make personal changes in their lives? - Shall we start with you. - The most important thing is trust. So, in the United States right now if you go and address a group of farmers, and I'm generalizing, and you talk about climate change, you might get out alive if you're lucky. And there's great resistance to it, because there's a fear that there's some sort of global conspiracy to work against U.S. agriculture production. And it's not true, and most young farmers understand this; they see planting seasons changing. But, the level of trust that exists between traditional agriculturalists, the food industry, technology, the medical community, and the consumer is really the schism that's preventing what I call much more faster implementation of the kinds of solutions that you're talking about. I mean, I'm really heartened if- you know, we know people need to eat more fruits and vegetables, clearly. By the way, the level of type 2 diabetes is growing worldwide. Some of the fastest per capita incidents of type 2 diabetes occurs in this part of the world. Maybe it's the increased- it's consumption of sugar, starch products, or whatever, I'm not sure of the reasons. So what you're doing, if you can produce more fruits and vegetables in a way that people have confidence that it's safe and tasty and everything else, that can have a remarkable impact. But this question of trust is really important. Right now, we see politically around the world, there are a lot of movements which challenge people believing in any institution. Whether it's their government, whether it's their big companies, whether it's the private sector or their universities. So the most important thing we can do is to create a communications operation by which people believe the facts. In the United States there is a lot of talk now about alternative facts. There is no such thing as alternative facts. There is either facts or there's things that are wrong. But at the same time, you know, saying that is easy, if people have strong belief systems, and they do have strong belief systems about food. When I was Secretary of Agriculture, I was assaulted by people on GMOs, on meat, on all sorts of things by activists in the world. People feel very, very strongly about food. Let's not forget that. And that's something that you all have to deal with is you try to change this system. It's just not because it's the right thing to do, it requires a lot of trust, and a lot of education. And I think it can happen, I just don't think it can happen tomorrow afternoon. To answer that, costs do matter. What we tell people is it's important to be intellectually honest of what success is defined out for a project. So we built a small project in a school to feed inner-city kids in Newark and it's had a tremendous impact to get kids to eat less French fries and more leafy greens. The former first lady, Michelle Obama, came to visit it, because after running for four years they saw behavioral change. That success was not defined by economics, it was defined by teaching and impacting the kids. You saw Olaf from Metro Group, the chairman of Metro Group, he came to visit us because they appreciated while they have these farms in the stores, it's not the cost structure that makes farming viable for all the supermarkets. So here's where costs matter, it's how do you bring the cost of goods down so the price points are not just at the super elite but for the masses. And that's where at AeroFarms we've been focused. So for example, we grow the twenty to forty dollar a pound micro greens and herbs that you see in pretty pictures on the sides of plates but it's the heart of the market which is the four to eight dollar a pound item that we have our engineers- and these are bright people from MIT, from Harvard, from Colombia and so forth that are looking to bring the cost down. And then finally the conversation with the retailer is: alright, if you need your- call it forty percent gross margins but we're able to reduce the shrink at your stores because that 12-day shelf-life item is getting to in day 2 instead of day 6, there is unidentified costs that are better for you. So if their returns at our facility... from you selling AeroFarms products is in the high 80s instead of this fifties and all of a sudden that shrink goes down, how do they calculate that cost into the mix. So, we sell today- the economics are sold at the same prices as organics; organics in the U.S. carry about twenty percent premium over non-organic, but we're going to get that cost down. So the conversation absolutely plays into... into play, there's elasticity from what we see of about twenty percent today, and we're constantly trying to bring that costs down further. Ok. Mike, quickly. So, quickly, that's a nice phrase there. I mean the speed is actually what I was going to talk about, and I think that if we want to create the next Elon Musk of food, if we want to create, you know, the next Uber of food, the question is, how do we get there quickly? And I think in the context of the World Government Summit, my challenge to governments, my challenge to municipalities on this is invest in trying and scaling up things as fast as you can to start to keep pace at the way that innovation's going. Fast for a government is in a couple of years, fast for a company is in a few months, right? The speed that startups move, the speed that young companies move is in weeks. So how do you actually take those opportunities, not risk failure, attempt them, or risk failure, attempt them, find what works and then scale it up quickly. And the more you can do to invest in that and create the systemic environment to make that work the better. Can I just say, for the first time we're seeing private equity and private venture firms investing a lot of money in agriculture. Agriculture was absent from new tech investments up to about 15-20 years ago. Now it's beginning to proliferate. That's a very good sign that people think, a: there is money to be made, and two, that folks, consumers and others are willing to accept new technologies. So I don't mean to imply that I'm against this, I'm not, I'm just, as a politician, I can go home and have my town hall meetings with a thousand farmers in the room and think to myself, how am I going to convince them that their way of life may be threatened the way they've known it. That's a really tricky thing to do in a political world, especially where agriculture and rural interests have such power.


Early life

Glickman was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 24, 1944,[1] the son of Gladys A. (née Kopelman) and Milton Glickman.[9] His family was Jewish. The Glickman family operated Glickman Inc., a full-service scrap metal operation, since 1915 and Kansas Metal, an automobile and appliance shredder, since 1994. Glickman Inc. was founded by Jacob Glickman and later continued and expanded by Milton and Bill Glickman. With the death of Milton Glickman, Dan's father, in December 1999, Dan and his siblings Norman and Sharon Glickman carried on the family business until it was sold in 2002.

Glickman graduated from Wichita Southeast High School in 1962.[1] He graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History in 1966,[1] where he was a classmate with one of Al Gore's Chiefs of Staff, Charles Burson,[10][9] and received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1969.[1][9] He is married to Rhoda Joyce Yura, with whom he has two children: Jonathan Glickman and Amy Glickman.[9][11]

Legal career

In 1969 and 1970, Glickman worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, then was a partner in a law firm, Sargent, Klenda and Glickman.[12][11]

Political career

Wichita Public Schools

Glickman's first foray into public office was as a publicly elected member of the Wichita School Board, which oversees the Wichita Public Schools (USD-259), one of the nation's largest school districts. Between 1973 and 1976 he served as President of the Wichita School Board.[1][12][11]

U. S. House of Representatives

Glickman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Kansas's 4th congressional district in 1976, serving from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1995, through eight successive re-elections.[1]


In 1976, in his first congressional race, Glickman was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat from Kansas's 4th congressional district[1]—defeating eight-term Republican incumbent Garner Shriver. Glickman held the office for nine consecutive terms.[1][11][13]

Issues and committees

Glickman was active in general aviation policy, and co-wrote the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) – controversial landmark legislation providing product liability protection for small airplane manufacturers (his district has produced most of America's light aircraft).[13][11][14][15][16]

During his congressional tenure, Glickman was also active in agriculture issues (his district's other major industry), and served on the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chair of the subcommittee overseeing federal farm policy. He served as principal author of the 1990 Farm Bill and other legislation. While there, he lobbied for the position of Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton, losing initially, but winning the post after his tenth-race election ouster from Congress.[9][13][11][17]

In 1986, Glickman was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, judge of the United States District Court for Nevada.[1]

In 1993, he was appointed chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the One Hundred Third Congress, serving one term before his 1994 defeat.[1]

In October 1993, Glickman, representing a district whose second-largest industry was agriculture (particularly wheat production), voted for protectionism over free trade, restricting the importation of Canadian wheat.[18]

On "media freedom" versus "family values" one analyst reported that Glickman, in June 1993, voted to require that television shows have explicit viewer advisories.[18] Glickman would later lead the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which develops such ratings for motion pictures.

In his final term, Glickman was Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He held open hearings to bring the intelligence community's post–Cold War activities to light and began a committee investigation into the Aldrich Ames espionage case. Colleagues from both parties lauded his quiet, non-grandstanding, "careful and considered" leadership of the Committee.[13][9][11]

On abortion, Glickman straddled the fence, generally accommodating abortion, but voting for the Hyde Amendment that restricted federal funding of abortion.[13] In 1993, while on the House Judiciary Committee, he was absent from a key vote on removing most state abortion restrictions, and said later that he was unsure how he would have voted.[19]


In the Republican-landslide 1994 congressional elections, known as the Republican Revolution, Glickman—in his bid for re-election to a 10th term—was unexpectedly defeated by Goddard Republican Todd Tiahrt.[9][20][13][21][22]

Glickman later blamed his surprise defeat largely on his own pro-choice positions, which he said opponents used as an "organizing tool" to rally opposition against him from voters who were otherwise politically inactive.[20][13][21] In a detailed review of Tiahrt's victory, the Chicago Tribune reported that Glickman's unexpected defeat was largely the product of Tiahrt's recruitment of 1,800 volunteers from churches and anti-abortion groups in their congressional district (which had become the center of the national anti-abortion movement[23][24][25][26][27][28]), and from gun-rights organizations.[13]

Another casualty of the 1994 Republican congressional sweep was Glickman's wife, Rhoda, who, for 13 years, had led the Congressional Arts Caucus—one of 28 caucuses soon to be defunded by the incoming Republican Congress.[9]

Post-Glickman era

As of 2017, no other Democrat has won election to the congressional seat lost by Glickman,[22][29]

The court-ordered redistricting in 2012 shifted the Fourth District sharply westward, reaching into more conservative[30] Western Kansas.[31][32]

Secretary of Agriculture

Following his congressional defeat, Glickman was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the Secretary of Agriculture, where he served from 1995 to 2001.[1][12]

Glickman had sought the post previously but initially lost his bid to Mississippi Congressman Mike Espy. Glickman's 1994 appointment to the post followed Espy's departure under ethics concerns.[9] Glickman's Senate confirmation was supported by a powerful Republican, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, from Glickman's home state of Kansas.

During Glickman's tenure, he participated in implementation of the Department's controversial HACCP Program to control food safety at U.S. food-processing facilities, some of which was subsequently overturned in the federal court Supreme Beef case.[33]

During President Clinton's February 4, 1997 State of the Union address to Congress, Glickman was the "Designated Survivor".[34][35]

When Clinton's term ended, Glickman's career in government ended, but was followed by numerous leadership roles in related institutions and organizations.[13]

Post-government career

Following his departure from public office, Glickman held a variety of roles in civic-oriented nonprofits.[11] He is a common media interviewee.[36][37][38][39][33]

Harvard University

After Clinton's term ended, Glickman became the head of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and later director of Harvard's Institute of Politics.[1][17][13][20]

Aspen Institute

Glickman became Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan discussion fellowship for public leaders.[11]

George Washington University

Glickman is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches.[11]

University of Southern California

Glickman is a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.[11]

Council on Foreign Relations

Glickman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, America's pre-eminent foreign policy "think tank," led by several former U.S. Secretaries of State and other top former national security leaders.[11]

CIA Advisor

During President Barack Obama's administration, Glickman served on the External Advisory Board to CIA Director Leon Panetta.[11] (Glickman, while in Congress, had chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.)[1]

Center for U.S. Global Engagement

Glickman is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, at the Center for U.S. Global Engagement.[11]

Food and agriculture

Glickman's political experience in agriculture led to several post-political roles, including:[11]

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: Glickman serves on the board of directors
  • Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization
  • National 4-H Council, Board of Trustees: The leading national youth agriculture-education program. Glickman favored the expansion of 4-H urban programs[17]
  • Meridian Institute: Glickman co-chairs an initiative of eight foundations, administered by the Meridian Institute, to look at long term implications of food and agricultural policy.
  • Institute of Medicine: Glickman chairs an initiative at the Institute of Medicine on "accelerating progress on childhood obesity."
  • World Food Program-USA: vice-chair
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs: co-chair of its global agricultural development initiative
  • Author of "Farm Futures," in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2009)

Other roles

  • Communities In Schools, a federation of independent 501(c)(3) organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia that work to address the "dropout epidemic"—one of the largest dropout-prevention organizations in the U.S., and one of the largest promoters of community-based, integrated student-support services. CIS identifies and mobilizes existing community resources, and fosters cooperative partnerships, such as: mentoring, tutoring, health care, summer and after-school programs, family counseling, and service learning.[11][40]
  • William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, a not-for-profit, independent, research and educational institute dedicated to creating, aggregating, and disseminating intellectual capital on business and policy issues in emerging markets. It provides a forum for business leaders and public policy makers to discuss issues affecting the environment in which these companies operate.[11]
  • Advisory Board member for The Michigan in Washington Program at the University of Michigan. The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45–50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). The semester in Washington is rigorous. Students work during the day, attend classes in the evenings, and explore the city on weekends.

Motion picture industry

In 2004, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced that Glickman would replace Jack Valenti as its chief lobbyist.[41] Glickman served as Chairman and CEO of the MPAA from 2004 to 2012.[11][42]

A hallmark of Glickman's MPAA tenure was his "war on movie piracy" (illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures).[17]

In an MPAA press release, May 31, 2006, entitled "Swedish Authorities Sink Pirate Bay", Dan Glickman stated

The actions today taken in Sweden serve as a reminder to pirates all over the world that there are no safe harbours for Internet copyright thieves[43]

In the 2007 documentary Good Copy Bad Copy, Glickman was interviewed in connection with the 2006 raid on The Pirate Bay by the Swedish police, conceding that piracy will never be stopped, but stating that they will try to make it as difficult and tedious as possible.[44]

On January 22, 2010, Glickman announced he would step down as head of the MPAA on April 1, 2010.[45]

Glickman remains, however, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as the "Motion Picture Academy," which dispenses the Motion Picture Academy Awards ("Oscars").,[11] and the American Film Institute.[17]

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