Ken Cook, MS


Ken Cook is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public interest research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

Cook is the author of dozens of articles, opinion pieces and reports on environmental, public health and agricultural topics and is a frequent source of perspective and commentary in national print and broadcast media. He is regularly listed as one of Washington's Top Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper and in 2011, journalist and healthy food movement icon Michael Pollan named Cook as one of the "Seven Most Powerful Foodies In the World.”

EWG is perhaps best known in agriculture policy circles for its Farm Subsidy Database, which lists all of the nation's farm subsidy recipients and their share of the $165 billion taxpayers have spent on federal farm bill programs since 1995. Cook has spent decades advocating for reforms that would shift wasteful subsidy dollars to programs that help feed the hungry and advance conservation and environmental protections.

Cook earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture, and M.S. in soil science from the University of Missouri- Columbia. He is married to Deb Callahan and lives in northern California with their young son, Callahan.