Natural Products Foundation

Board of Directors



Daniel Fabricant

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association. Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.

John Venardos

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Boise-based, a global solutions-oriented regulatory, government affairs and crisis management executive. In a career spanning over thirty years including senior positions at Herbalife, Pfizer and NutraSweet Company, John has created high growth, while expediting commercialization of innovative science-based dietary ingredients, supplements, OTC drugs and cosmetics. John draws from his unique expertise in operations enhancement, supply chain efficiencies, change management, product ideation and quality control to drive the business forward. He has extensive experience opening direct sales markets, working in over 60 countries. In addition, he possesses long-term relationships with officials at FDA, FTC, USTR, DOC and Congress, as well as officials in Australia, the European Union, Southeast Asia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. Previous recipient of awards from CRN, DSA, NPA and Pfizer. Former security-cleared trade policy advisor to the Obama Administration and Regional Political Director in Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaigns.


Carilyn Anderson

Carilyn Anderson has played a crucial role in her family’s business, Carlson Laboratories, for many years. She now holds a more important role as the President of the company, since her father, John Carlson (founder of Carlson Laboratories), retired last year. Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Michigan State University in 1991, with minors in psychology and education. She is an active member of the Natural Products Association and currently serves as Supply Committee Chair.


Mark Ledoux

CEO and founder of Natural Alternatives International (NAI) in 1980. With 40 years of experience since joining the nutritional supplements industry in 1975, LeDoux is considered a highly regarded leader and spokesperson for our industry - making him one of the longest serving active executives in the nutritional supplements industry. As a NPA and NPF board member, Mr. LeDoux represents NAI's ongoing commitment to industry and government affairs, adherence to a strong code of ethics, and continuing support in the legislative, regulatory and public affairs arenas. 



Jim Emme

Jim has been a member of the NOW management team since early in 1995, and was formerly chief of operations and president of NOW Foods. His unique combination of a Food Science education combined with decades of experience in the design and management of food manufacturing and distribution operations are uncommon in the industry. He grew up on a farm in Indiana, where he developed an appreciation for hard work and dedication, which are part of the strong values system that the NOW brand represents. Under his management as COO and president, Jim oversaw the expansion of the company’s Puresource operation in Canada from a small distribution facility to a large distribution hub and manufacturing facility. He also managed the acquisition and growth of the Nevada facility from a small distribution center to a manufacturing facility that includes softgel and other production capabilities, as well as state-of-the-art testing labs.



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