With over fifteen years of experience in the private, non-profit, and government sectors, Marni is an expert in strategic thinking, advocacy and analysis, particularly in the areas of organic food and agriculture policy, congressional and administrative advocacy, and antitrust and competition law.
A trained attorney, Marni clerked for United States Circuit Judge John M. Duhe in Lafayette, LA; practiced law (focusing on antitrust and commercial litigation) in Washington, DC; and served as counsel to Senator Herb Kohl on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also served as Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the Organic Trade Association, where she represented the interests of the organic food, fiber and agriculture sector in Washington, DC. In that role, she was the North American representative on the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and a member of Food Policy Action’s Vote Advisory Council. Marni also recently served as Managing Director of the Cookbook Project, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to empowering people to create healthier and more sustainable communities through food and cooking. Marni is also an Instructor at Loyola University New Orleans, teaching an undergraduate course, Introduction to Food Policy.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Marni graduated from The George Washington University with a degree with high honors in International Economics, and received her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Besides her professional skills she has a passion for cooking delicious local food, and received a Culinary Arts diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.