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Agenda – Courage at Congress

March 26-28, 2023


*Please note, agenda is subject to change. 
**All times are Eastern Time and Estimates.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Registration, Peacock Alley, the Willard Intercontinental, main floor

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

  • Welcome Reception, the Willard Room (next to Peacock Alley), Top-9 free appetizers, beer, wine, and soft drinks served

    Comments by:

    • FARE CEO, Dr. Sung Poblete 

    • FARE Chairman of the Board, David Jaffe

    • FARE SVP, Government and Community Affairs, Jason Linde

8:00 p.m. 

  • Dinner on your own

Monday, March 27, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Registration, the Grand Ballroom Foyer, the Willard Intercontinental, lower floor

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast on your own

All times estimates for panels and presentations.

8:30 – 9:05 a.m.

  • Session 1 – Welcoming Remarks

    • FARE: 10 Years and Rising
      David Jaffe, FARE Chairman of the Board

    • Where FARE is Headed
      Dr. Sung Poblete, FARE CEO  

    • Walking in Your Shoes
      Jason Linde, FARE SVP, Government and Community Affairs

9:05 – 10:45 a.m.

  • Session 2 – 2022 Legislative Wins and 2023 Priorities

    • Topics include:

      • 2022 Victories and Progress

      • Legislative Priority 1 – Growing the Congressional Food Allergy Research Caucus

      • Legislative Priority 2 – The ADIMA Act and Labeling Medicine for the Top-Nine Allergens and Gluten

      • Legislative Priority 3 – S. 121, “Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act”

      • Legislative Priority 4 – Increasing the Federal Investment in Food Allergy Priorities

      • Pending FDA Action on Nasal Epinephrine Spray

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Break

11:00 – 12:10 p.m. 

  • Session 3 – The Power of Research

    • Speakers include:

      • Dr. Alkis Togias, Branch Chief, Allergy, Asthma and Airway Biology; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH

      • Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Director, Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR) Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University

      • Dr. Bruce Roberts, Chief Research Strategy and Innovation Officer, FARE

12:10 – 12:25 p.m.

  • Break, lunch is served

12:25 – 12:55 p.m. 

  • Session 4 – Working Lunch: A View from the States

    • Speakers include:

      • Priscilla Hernandez, Member, FARE Board of National Ambassadors, President, Hollenbeck Police Business Council

      • Jill Mindlin, Co-Chair, FARE Advocacy Committee

      • Jason Linde, SVP of Government and Community Affairs, FARE

12:55 – 1:10 p.m.

  • Break, plated lunch removed

1:10 – 1:55 p.m.

  • Session 5 – A conversation with Dr. Susan Mayne: The FASTER Act and Beyond

    • Speakers include:

      • Dr. Susan Mayne, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

      • Robert Earl, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, FARE

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

  • Session 6 – Bringing FARE to Our Neighborhoods

    • Speakers include:

      • Justine Asante, Director of Collective Impact & Partner Operations for South Ward Promise Neighborhood

      • Kamari Thompson, Patient Services Manager, MobileCare Chicago

      • Erin Malawer, Executive Director, AllergyStrong

      • Anita Roach, Vice President, Health Equity & Community Engagement, FARE

​​​​​2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Break

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Session 7 – Putting It All Together: Having a Great Hill Day

    • Speakers include:

      • Lincoln Clapper, Chief Sales Officer, Advocacy Associates 

      • Joe Kalmin, Senior Director of Government Affairs, FARE

      • Angelica Sousa, Senior Manager of Social Media and Content Strategy, FARE

      • Jason Linde, SVP of Government and Community Affairs, FARE

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Dinner on your own

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

8:30 a.m.

  • Board buses at the Willard with luggage

8:45 a.m.

  • Buses depart Willard

Approximately 9:05 – 9:25 a.m.

  • Depart buses at Peace Circle in front of the Capitol, bus captains, and advocates will walk for about ten minutes to the back side of the Capitol and gather on the Senate steps. Buses to drop off luggage at Florida House.

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • The Florida House, 1 2nd St NE (behind the U.S. Supreme Court) is open and will be staffed and include Top-9 free snacks, coffee, tea, water, and sodas.

9:05 a.m.

  • Depart buses at Constitution and Delaware Ave NW, bus captains walk advocates to the back side of the Capitol where FARE staff is waiting on Senate steps. Buses to drop-off luggage at Florida House.

9:15 a.m. – 9:40 p.m.

  • Advocates and FARE staff gather on Senate steps for pictures and videos.

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Advocates and FARE staff depart Senate steps for House and Senate office buildings.

10:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Advocates meet with staff and potentially, members of Congress.


On your own. Advocates are allowed to bring food into the House and Senate buildings. There are also cafeterias and small dining areas in House and Senate buildings and restaurants on Pennsylvania Ave past the Library of Congress on the House side.


Following your last meeting, advocates walk to The Florida House, claim luggage, and depart for Union Station, local airports, or parking garage.

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