Michael R. Dimock, president of Roots of Change (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems needed for the 21st Century. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle and he is a regular contributor to the blog sites Civil Eats and Huffington Post. ROC is developing road maps to strategic coordination and campaign victory for the food movement with a specific focus on supporting development of the California Food Policy Council. Michael has focused on agriculture and food since 1989. He was a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness, farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors.
Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their latest book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012. Michael’s love for food systems grew from experiences on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he worked in television and documentary film production and was a campaign worker for California Governor Jerry Brown.
Michael received a BA in History with Honors at UCLA in 1983 and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1988.