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Academy Change Journey


Welcome to this space, where you will learn more about the Academy’s change journey as we embark on it together.

Since September 2023, the Board of Directors for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has undertaken a series of discussions evaluating the current state and future direction for the Academy. This has included member voices, which will continue to be gathered and taken into consideration moving forward. All of these discussions have been instrumental in reigniting the Academy’s core purpose and bringing it forward toward a new future vision.

In this post-COVID era, we seek opportunities to bolster the Academy’s relevance for our members, elevate the value of the profession to improve the nutritional status of individuals and society at large, and foster the collaboration of the dietetic and nutrition professionals with allied health care professionals. Expanding awareness and access of medical nutrition therapy continues as a high priority goal for the Academy to improve health outcomes for everyone.

We identified four key objectives in support of our future state vision:

  • We are an advocacy and public policy POWERHOUSE.
  • We are recognized as a STEM profession.
  • We are perceived by the public and other health care professionals as the NUMBER ONE food and nutrition experts.
  • We demonstrate OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE.

We invite you to visit this page regularly, as we share details on how we plan to achieve these four objectives, plus videos of the Academy’s leadership describing the process for our change journey and other resources that will illuminate the road ahead.

Please join us on this change journey as we move forward.

- 2024-2025 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors



Sharing the Vision for the Change Journey Ahead

Listen as the Academy's Chief Executive Officer, President and Immediate Past President discuss the future vision and direction for the Academy.

Speaking on the goal of inspiring members to join the Academy's change journey:

“I think regardless of where you work, where your area of practice is, you elected your Board of Directors. You put your faith in us. We are here as your representative, hearing you, understanding what you want — and we are here to deliver on that promise. Trust us, we are here to make that work for you.”

Livleen Gill, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND

2024-2025 Academy President

Livleen Gill

What Is Our Core Purpose?

The Academy's Articles of Incorporation have been updated three times since the organization was founded in the early 1900s.

“The object for which it is formed is to bring about closer cooperation among dietitians and between dietitians and workers in allied fields; to improve conditions and raise standard of dietary work.”

“The object for which the Association is formed is to improve the nutritional status of human beings, to raise the standard of dietetic service and the status of the professional, and to bring about closer cooperation among dietitians and nutritionists and workers in allied fields.”

“The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to improve the nutritional status of human beings and to advance the science of dietetics and nutrition and to advance the education in these and allied areas.”

What excites you most about the Academy enterprise?
“The opportunity for us to deliver on the promise of why this organization was created... we’re passionate, we’re talented and this is our moment. There are dialogues occurring within the public related to food and nutrition that we need to step into. And we need to stake out our territory as the trusted authorities because there’s so much misinformation that is out there.”

Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics CEO

Wylecia Wiggs Harris headshot
What will success look like for the Academy?

Addressing the importance of members being part of this step in the Academy's history:

“I am very excited to bring members along. They are part of this change story, too... We have to be bold. We have to go for it. This is a critical time in our whole profession. There are so many exciting things happening with the MNT Act, the interstate licensure compact; come along for an incredible journey forward. ... Together, if we unite and support one another and use our collective power, we can do this.”

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND

2023-2024 Academy President

Lauri Wright

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