Committees of the Academy provide an opportunity for members to participate in committee work activities that benefit members. Committee are a permanent organizational unit within the structure of the Academy. As of June 1, 2014, committees are no longer designated to be either a HOD, BOD or Joint BOD/HOD committee. Rather, they are referred to as Academy committees of which there are 21 standing committees. All committees are appointed except for three committees which are elected: Board of Directors Executive Committee, HOD Leadership Team, and Nominating Committee.

The Speaker-elect, and the President-elect, in collaboration with staff, appoint committee members annually utilizing the results of the Opportunities to Serve survey conducted in January-February. Appointments are made in March and the membership is notified of these appointments in May. Members are chosen according to expertise, skills and needs of the committee to address its charge.

The Board of Directors may establish a new committee as needed and may disband a committee that no longer meets the overall needs of the Academy. Committees are evaluated every three years by the Board to confirm the need for them to continue or to be modified or disbanded. The Board provides general oversight to all committees; however, committees who addressing a professional issue will confer with the HOD Leadership Team (similar to the role of HOD to govern the profession) and the Board will provide input on organizational issues related to the work of a committee (similar to its role to govern the organization).

All committees establish goals for each program year. The goals are designed to support the strategic plan of the Academy and are shared with the Board of Director on a yearly basis, along with updates.

  • AND Political Action Committee

    ANDPAC supports candidates seeking election or incumbents in federal office who can advance the Academy’s legislative and public policy priorities.

  • Committee for Lifelong Learning

    The Committee for Lifelong Learning — a joint House of Delegates/Board of Directors Committee — is responsible for the review and selection of educational sessions (core programming) for the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

  • Council on Future Practice

    This Council works in collaboration with the CDR, ACEND and NDEP to project the future practice needs for the profession of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Council on Research

    The Council on Research provides strategic direction and coordination to meet the current and future research needs of the Academy.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    The Diversity and Inclusion Committee recommends policies and strategies to enhance the recruitment, retention and inclusion of, and leadership development for, individuals from underrepresented groups as identified by the Academy.

  • Ethics Committee

    The Ethics Committee is a three-person committee, comprised of members of the Academy and CDR, who are appointed to handle all relevant ethics matters.

  • Finance and Audit Committee

    The Finance and Audit Committee recommends allocation of Academy resources to achieve strategic and operating objectives.

  • Honors Committee

    The Honors Committee recommends to the Board of Directors recipients for the Academy's national honors and awards.

  • Interoperability and Standards Committee

    The Interoperability and Standards Committee works with national and international professional organizations that develop and harmonize health information technology (Health IT) standards to improve health information sharing and interoperability.