Successful governing bodies define and delegate rather than react and ratify. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' leadership and governing structure allows the Board of Directors to govern the organization while the House of Delegates governs the profession.

Both the Board of Directors and House of Delegates represent all Academy members. The Board sets and monitors the strategic direction of the Academy, establishes policy within the organization, directs the Academy's budgeting and finance activities, and monitors operational performance of the CEO.

The House of Delegates acts as the legislative branch representing Academy members by serving as a "representative of" on issues within the profession of dietetics. The House assumes that all viewpoints are included in the decision making process of what is needed to move the profession of dietetics forward.

The groups work in collaboration to ensure members of the Academy are the leading source of food and nutrition services. And, members are invited to get involved with the Academy's governance on any level — from learning more about current trends affecting the profession or submitting professional issues and concerns to volunteering for a committee or running for a national leadership position — the Academy wants to hear from members and wants to know your ideas, concerns and issues.

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction, budget, guidelines and policies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Honors and Awards

The Academy honors individuals who have advanced the profession by exhibiting leadership and serving others. 

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates, as the voice of members, governs the profession and develops policy on major professional issues; the Board of Directors governs the Academy and Academy staff implement decisions.

Leadership Development

The Academy offers a variety of unique and cutting-edge programs focusing on the development of its members by ensuring they embody a leadership mindset for innovation, adaptability, empowerment and risk-taking.

Nominations and Elections

Learn about upcoming Academy elections, national leadership positions, the nomination process.


The work of the Academy relies on the contributions of its members. Opportunities are available to get involved at all levels of the organization — leadership roles, nutrition advocates or affiliate positions.