White House Executive Director of the Let’s Move! Initiative and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass to Resign
WASHINGTON D.C. - Sam Kass, Executive Director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the first-ever White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition and personal chef to the First Family, has announced he will be parting ways with the Obama Administration at the end of the month.
“From constructing our Kitchen Garden to brewing our own Honey Brown Ale, Sam has left an indelible mark on the White House,” shared President Obama. “And with the work he has done to inspire families and children across this country to lead healthier lives, Sam has made a real difference for our next generation. Over the years, Sam has grown from a close friend to a critical member of my team, and I am grateful for his outstanding work and look forward to seeing all that he will continue to achieve in the years ahead.”
“Sam has been an integral part of Let's Move! from its very beginning -- from discussions about children's health around my kitchen table in Chicago, to setting the strategic vision of a national campaign in the White House, to spearheading efforts with the private sector across the country,” agreed First Lady Michelle Obama. “Sam leaves an extraordinary legacy of progress, including healthier food options in grocery store aisles, more nutritious school lunches, and new efforts that have improved how healthy food is marketed to our kids. I wish Sam success in all his future endeavors, and I know he will continue to be a leader in the vitally important work to build a healthier country.”
According to a White House press release, Mr. Kass will be living full-time in New York City going forward. A key player in the development of the Administration's nutrition policy, his departure puts an end to a tenure of dedicated service to the First Family and the Obama Administration as a whole.
Although he will be moving on from his time in the White House, the Administration shares he will remain engaged with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and will continue to work to advance the cause of childhood nutrition.
The Obama Administration will announce Mr. Kass's successor later this year.
AndNowUKnow would like to wish Mr. Kass the best as he moves into this next exciting phase of his career.