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Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers, a family-run Colorado based health food chain founded in 1955 with over 170 stores in 21 states.  At the federal, state and local level, Alan engages on food, agriculture, nutrition, rural economic development, technology, biotech, cannabis, trade and health issues.

Alan is active in several trade and advocacy organizations and has been a speaker and panelist at many events, including a talk at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with stakeholders using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. Alan has lived overseas for extended periods, which lends to his understanding of agriculture and sustainability in varying social and political contexts. 

He also oversees organic certification and compliance for Natural Grocers while advising dozens of food, natural product, and ag-tech start-ups across the country as part of his effort to reinvigorate neighborhood resilience, regional food systems, rural economies, and local supply chains. 

Highlights of current commitments include the Non-GMO Project board, IFOAM North America board, Organic and Natural Health Association board, Real Organic Project standards board, Retail Advisory Committee of the American Grassfed Association, BOCO OLAF board, and advisor/fundraiser for the Organic Farmers Association and Beyond Pesticides, plus, various committees of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

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Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers, a Colorado based health food chain founded in 1955 with over 170 stores in 21 states.  At the federal, state and local level, Alan engages on food, agriculture, nutrition, rural economic development, technology, biotech, cannabis, trade and health issues with a focus on ESG as an advocacy tool. He is active in several trade and advocacy organizations and is a fearless writer, speaker and panelist. 


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