Jessica Donze Black
Jessica Donze Black
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.
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The House of Representatives’ Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee today released a funding bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies that would weaken nutrition standards for foods sold in schools. Read More
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013)—Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, issued the following statement regarding the interim final rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, setting nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in U.S. schools. Read More
In school cafeterias across the country, students are seeing big changes on their lunch trays. The USDA recently approved new rules for the federal school lunch program, the first such changes to student lunches in more than a decade. Jessica Donze Black, Director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, explains the benefits of the new guidelines. Read More