Naomi Starkman is a Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of <a href="http://civileats.com/" target="_hplink">Civil Eats</a>, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. She is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others, as well as a founding board member and the Strategic Communications Advisor to the <a href="http://thefern.org/" target="_hplink">Food & Environment Reporting Network</a>. Naomi served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED magazines. She was previously a senior publicist at Newsweek magazine and was the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). After graduating from law school, she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the City of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission. Naomi works with various clients on food policy and advocacy and is an avid organic gardener, having worked on several farms.