Patricia M. Babjak, MLIS

Chief Executive Officer

Chicago, Illinois


Babjak has served as the Academy's CEO since 2009. She oversees the Academy’s Headquarters Team, including 170 employees and a $70 million annual budget. Babjak is also CEO of the Academy's Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm and the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics.

Babjak joined the Academy in 1975 and became executive director of the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 1978, serving until 1998 when she became executive vice president for Strategic Management and Governance. As executive vice president, she was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Academy's strategic plan and for developing mechanisms to measure the Academy's progress toward goals and objectives. Babjak facilitated the reorganization of the Academy’s governance structure, including new roles for the Board of Directors and House of Delegates and the transformation of the Academy's Nominating Committee into a force for leadership, development and diversity.

Babjak served as the Academy's interim chief executive officer in 1997. In 2004, in recognition of her service to the Academy and to the nutrition and dietetics profession, Babjak was awarded honorary Academy membership. Babjak served on the Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Leadership Institute and the Pew Health Professions Commission on Educating Health Care Workforce Task Force. She was nationally elected by other professions to chair the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and serves on the Leadership Council for the National Organization for Competency Assurance.

Babjak is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University in Illinois.