Mr. Lewis directs Government Affairs and Food & Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food store chain which operates over 100 stores in the Western and Mid-western states. He also oversees organic integrity, certification and compliance for the chain and supports new vendor incubation/development.
Mr. Lewis is active in several national trade organizations and is a member of the Boulder County, Colorado, Food and Agriculture Policy Council. He is the executive editor of and contributor to Local Food Shift Magazine. His strength is on communicating with opinion leaders and policy makers at the federal, state and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture within ecological, cultural and economic contexts.