About the SSBPPE Commission 


Role of the Commission

“There shall be established the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts to make recommendations on how and to what extent the City should establish and/or fund programs to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley and to address the effects of such consumption.”

B.M.C. 7388-NS § 7.72, 2014, City of Berkeley

Commission Activities

Makes recommendations to City Council to fund;

  • Berkeley Unified School District's cooking and gardening programs.
  • Community agency programs.
  • Staffing positions for the Healthy Berkeley program.
  • Program evaluation initiatives,
  • Public forum and education campaigns, 
  • Research and policy to reduce consumption of sugary beverages.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

Selection Criteria

Each member of the Commission must be a Berkeley resident, and have expertise in any of the following;

  • Community-based food and nutrition, 
  • School-based nutrition programs and referred by BUSD, 
  • Early childhood nutrition education, 
  • Public health research or evaluation, 
  • Licensed medical practitioner. 

List of Commissioners

Each City Council member and the Mayor appoint a Commissioner from their district:

  • Iramis Kouromenos - District 1
  • Vacant - District 2 
  • Jennifer Browne - District 3
  • Holly Scheider - District 4
  • Bobbie Rose - District 5
  • Pat Crawford - District 6
  • Joyce Moore** - District 7
  • Poki Namkung* - District 8
  • Adena Ishii - Mayor

* = Chair  ** = Vice-Chair  Read more (pg. 34)

Former Commissioner(s):

  • Julie Sinai (3.2015 - 7.2016)
  • Nancy Fenstermacher  (3.2015 - 10.2017)
  • Xavier Morales (3.2015 - 8.2017)

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