Getting Food to Our Grocery Stores and Tables: COVID's Impacts on the Supply Chain

August 06, 2020 | Noon - 1 pm

Join our panelists as they discuss the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our food supply chain and measures being taken to address the challenges.


Bernard Arulanandam

Bernard Arulanandam, Moderator

Vice President for Research, Economic Development & Knowledge Enterprise 

Bernard Arulanandam is the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 2016, Dr. Arulanandam has directed the research enterprise at UTSA, leading to its highest research expenditures to date, and in 2018, added economic development to his portfolio. Under President Eighmy, he fostered the creation of UTSA’s National Security Collaboration Center.

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Howard Grimes

Associate Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Manufacturing Innovation Institute 

Dr. Grimes currently serves as Associate Vice President and Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is establishing the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute in coordination with 20 other Tier I research universities, three national laboratories, and leading US companies across manufacturing, IT, telecommunications, and other sectors. Dr. Grimes has 25 years of success in directing complex university and national laboratory research programs and entrepreneurial start-up initiatives.


Kefeng Xu

Professor of Management Science & Statistics, College of Business 

Kefeng Xu is a professor of supply chain and operations management in UTSA College of Business, with research expertise in areas of operations, logistics and information management strategy; global and domestic supply chain; transportation, inventory and supply management. His extensive works have appeared in a number of highly-impactful journals such as Decision Sciences, Marketing Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of International Business Studies, Transportation Research, Journal of Business Logistics, etc. His research has received awards such as the Best Analytical Research Paper Award in the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference, and E.G. Plowman (Best Paper) Award in the Council of Logistics Management Educators conference ( His work also received a prestigious National Science Foundation research award to study the Supply Chain Security and Quality Control in Business and Social Context.


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Laurie Ristino

Founder & Principal, Strategies for a Sustainable Future 

Laurie Ristino is an innovative, nationally respected environmental and sustainable food systems leader. She is the founder and principal at her consultancy, Strategies for a Sustainable Future.  A trusted advisor and strategist, she has served in leadership roles at the USDA, nonprofit organizations, and academia. Her comprehensive book on conservation easements, A Changing Landscape, was published by the Environmental Law Institute in 2016.  A recognized expert, she has been quoted on an array of sustainability and climate matters in major news outlets such as The Christian Science Monitor, Inside Climate News, E&E News, Huffington Post, and Law360.  Laurie is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and serves on the board of the Center for Progressive Reform.  She holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan; a JD with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law; and an MPA from George Mason University. 


Dan Glickman

Vice President and Executive Director, Aspen Institute Congressional Program  

Dan Glickman is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he is co-chair of its Democracy Project. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration.  He was appointed by former Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack as the Chair of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, currently serving on their board. He also represented the 4th Congressional district of Kansas for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was very involved in federal farm policy on the House Agriculture Committee. He also served on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Science Committee, and as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, he is the former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. and former director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He chairs the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a member of the Boards of the World Food Program-USA, Food Research & Action Center, and Issue One and is Chair of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide. He is also a longtime member of the Board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and his juris doctorate from George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia bars.


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