Masters will join the food safety specialist company as senior policy advisor effective Jan. 22
As FSIS Administrator, Masters has been responsible for implementing its mission of protecting public health through food safety and food defense. She began her FSIS career in 1989 as a veterinary medical officer and has since held a variety of posts throughout the agency, both in the field and at headquarters in Washington.
During her tenure at USDA, Masters was noted for her emphasis on communication and outreach at the Food Safety and Inspection Service so that both industry and FSIS inspection program personnel are better prepared to carry out their food safety and food defense responsibilities.
Masters said, "I'm proud of the Administration's work to establish a solid infrastructure of science-based policies that have reduced foodborne illnesses. In my new position with OFW, I will continue to work on food safety and public health issues. There is much more that I want to accomplish to improve public health, and I believe this new position will provide me with a different, but equally important, path toward this personal and professional goal."
Richard Frank, founder and senior principal of the firm, said, "We are thrilled to have Dr. Masters join our growing agricultural and food safety practice. The wealth of knowledge she brings from her experiences at USDA will be invaluable. We're proud of OFW's role in bringing together industry, consumer organizations, and government regulators to protect and improve public health and safety."