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 Education and Workforce Committee has proposed legislation that would make substantial changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, as well as snacks offered in more than 95,000 schools each day. Read More
Dr. Linette Dodson is the director of school nutrition for Carrollton City Schools in Georgia. Over the past few years, the district has earned repeated national recognition for leading the charge in the evolution of healthier school meals. The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project talked with Dodson about the changes she’s made to her school meal program and how she shares them with... Read More
Parents across the world over want their children to grow up healthy. Type 2 diabetes used to be unheard of in children, but rates have been climbing in recent years: By 2050, the number of people under age 20 in the U.S. with the disease is expected to almost quadruple. The problem is so pressing that the World Health Organization has chosen “beat diabetes” as the theme of... Read More