Mitch Zeller

Mitch Zeller has been the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products since March 2013. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the American University Washington College of Law, he has been working on FDA issues for more than 30 years. Zeller served as associate commissioner and director of the FDA’s first Office of Tobacco Programs.

Instrumental in crafting the agency’s 1996 tobacco regulations, Zeller represented the FDA before Congress and federal and state agencies. Zeller also served as an official U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization’s Working Group for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In 2000, Zeller temporarily left the FDA to continue his work for tobacco control as executive vice president of the American Legacy Foundation.