Dan Glickman

June 19, 2012
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Dan Glickman is currently a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the MPAA, Glickman was the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2002-2004. Glickman also served as a Partner and Senior Advisor to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC.

Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.

Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of 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 served as president of the Wichita School Board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars.


WASHINGTON, DC. JUNE 14, 2012: Future of Food, panelist: Dan Glickman, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture at the Washington Post conference center in Washington, DC on June 14, 2012 . ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan ) (Jeffrey MacMillan/ For The Washington Post/JEFFREY MACMILLAN)

Glickman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program; on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Communities in Schools; Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization; National 4-H Council; William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan; and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He co-chairs an initiative of eight Foundations, administered by the Meridian Institute, to look at long term implications of food and agricultural policy. He also chairs an initiative at the Institute of Medicine on “accelerating progress on childhood obesity.”

He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and is Vice-Chair of the World Food Program-USA. He also serves as a member of the External Advisory Board to CIA Director Leon Panetta. He is the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' global agricultural development initiative. He is the author of “Farm Futures,” in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2009).

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