Chief Executive Officer
Babjak has served as the Academy’s CEO since 2009. Her responsibility is oversight of all entities under the organization’s umbrella, including the management of the Academy’s Headquarters Team, with 170 employees and a $70 million annual budget. Babjak also is 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 the Academy’s executive vice president for strategic management and governance. As executive vice president, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Academy’s strategic plan and for monitoring the metrics measuring the Academy’s progress toward achieving goals and objectives. In addition, Babjak facilitated the reorganization of the Academy’s governance structure.
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. She served on the Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Leadership Institute as well as on the Pew Health Professions Commission on Educating Health Care Workforce Task Force. Babjak 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 was asked to serve on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council on Health Innovation and was a member of its Healthcare Advisory Board for the Council, affording the Academy input on innovative strategies to improve health and health care within large and medium sized global and national employer organizations. She is a member of the CEO Roundtable, an exclusive peer group of CEOs leading the country’s most visible, influential and effective organizations.
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.