Jessica Donze Black

Jessica Donze Black

  • Director
  • Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Jessica Donze Black directs the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and leads research and policy efforts aimed at improving school nutrition.

Prior to joining Pew, Black served as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation -- a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. In her work at the Alliance, she led a team of more than 60 people in 37 states who were helping schools make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices.

Black’s other past work includes serving as the first Executive Director of the Campaign to End Obesity, directing obesity initiatives for the American Heart Association, managing national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, serving as a health policy fellow for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and practicing clinical nutrition at DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a registered dietitian with a B.S. in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Recent Work

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  • Study Will Analyze Effects of Healthier Food in Child Care Settings

    The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides funding for meals and snacks served to more than 3 million children a day in a variety of child care and after-school settings. In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed several adjustments to the program’s nutrition standards. The recommended changes are intended to better meet children’s nutritional... Read More

  • 3 Lessons Congress Should Take From School Nutrition Hearings

    • Analysis

    “Yes, we have whole-grain biscuits, and yes, our kids eat them.”This was just one of the facts and firsthand experiences that Georgia school nutrition director Donna Martin shared with members of Congress at a U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce subcommittee hearing in June. Martin and others were invited to testify at a series of Capitol Hill hearings focused on... Read More

  • Smart Snacks in Schools

    More than 100 stakeholders, including school food service and nutrition directors, teachers, current students, youth ambassadors, district and school administrators, and representatives of the state departments of education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Parent Teacher Association, nonprofit organizations, and industry, attended a meeting October 16-17, 2014, in Washington, D.C., hosted by the... Read More

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