Public Policy Board

The Public Policy Board (PPB), authorized by Council in 1991, provides scientific input to public policy-making processes. It provides advice directly or through the APS president, to different societies, organizations and persons drafting legislative bills. The Board provides drafts of APS comments to APS officers to evaluate and transmit to agencies on issues such as proposed rules and regulations of transgenic plants, safer or alternative pesticides, research funding and administration thereof; and develops position papers in policy areas of relevance to plant pathology. The Board arranges meetings with government agency personnel to become better acquainted with the personalities behind the issues and provide feedback to APS officers.

Full NameOrganizationPositionTerm StartTerm EndMember Type
Linda L. KinkelUniversity of MinnesotaChair8/11/20227/31/2024M030217
Michael J. BoehmInst of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesMember8/15/20208/16/2023M025377
Julia M. CraneValent BioSciencesMember8/7/20217/31/2024M199687
Karen A. GarrettUniversity of FloridaMember8/11/20228/1/2025M028113
Niklaus GrunwaldUSDA ARSMember8/7/20217/31/2024M071895
Joyce E. LoperOregon State UniversityMember8/15/20208/16/2023E031008
Neil McRobertsUniversity of California-DavisMember8/4/20187/31/2024M153245
Gail S. TomimatsuretiredMember8/10/20178/16/2023E201793
Paul VincelliUniversity of KentuckyMember8/4/20187/31/2024M036180
Ron R. WalcottUniversity of GeorgiaMember8/15/20208/16/2023M080743
Erica A. FealkoBioWorksIntern7/20/20218/16/2023ST230542
Krystel NavarroCorteva AgriscienceIntern8/24/20227/31/2024PD230029
Carl A. Bradley, PhDUniversity of KentuckyEx-Officio (non-voting)10/2/20198/16/2023M089692
Charles CooperThe Brumidi GroupEx-Officio (non-voting)8/11/20228/16/2023M275073
Melissa MolhoThomas Jefferson UniversityEx-Officio (non-voting)8/7/20218/16/2023ST262350
Kevin OngTexas A&M UniversityEx-Officio (non-voting)8/7/20218/1/2024M103065
Pooja PatelThe Brumidi GroupEx-Officio (non-voting)8/11/20228/16/2023M275075
Madeline WadeThe Brumidi GroupEx-Officio (non-voting)8/11/20228/16/2023M275074
Carol EricsonAPSStaff Liaison6/1/20198/1/2025Z264221
Amy L. HopeAPSStaff Liaison4/1/20138/1/2025M060656