Full Name
Erin Ball
Job Title
Executive Director
Grain Foods Foundation
Speaker Bio
With over 14 years of experience in non-profit association management, Erin Ball has spent the past nine years focusing on all facets of nutrition research and science-based communications at the Grain Foods Foundation. Erin spends her time acting as a translator among nutrition and public relations professionals, members of non-profit organizations, and health influencers and consumers. During her tenure at the Foundation, GFF has worked with intentionality to become a go-to source for media and influencers around any questions of grain foods or carbohydrate science. Using media impressions metrics, peer-reviewed papers published, and thought leadership opportunities as measures, GFF has indeed become a hub for grain foods nutrition science and messaging. Erin facilitates GFF’s relationships with its Scientific Advisory Board as well as with the My Plate Strategic Partners, other food and public health groups, and she is always eager to meet the next up-and-coming grains nutrition researcher. Her years of experience have taught her the value of transparent, proactive communication, and the cumulative effect of what she calls the “drumbeat” of food communications: consistently and tirelessly sharing science-based information with health influencers and, through them, with consumers.

Erin has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts from Covenant Theological Seminary. (The study of deep things like theology and philosophy and food? Yes! There is connection! Just ask her.) Her most important roles are that of wife to her husband Kevin, and mom to her three very busy children. She lives with her family and their two dogs on the Maryland side of the DC suburbs.
Erin Ball