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RIDGE National Advisory Board (2016-2021)

Norbert Wilson

Norbert Wilson Tufts University

Dr. Norbert Wilson is a professor of food policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and an adjunct professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University, AL. He has published in journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Health Behavior, Food Policy, World Development, inter alia. He worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where he focused on international food and trade policies. Dr. Wilson just completed a USDA-supported sabbatical leave at Cornell University on behavioral economics in the context of food choice among food pantry clients.

Loren Bell

Loren Bell Altarum Institute

Loren Bell is a national expert in food assistance and nutrition education policy and program operations. He has more than 25 years of experience working with WIC and SNAP at the state and national levels. Under Mr. Bell’s leadership, Altarum Institute has emerged as a leading provider of technical assistance and evaluation services in the area of food assistance and nutrition education programs. He has managed a number of projects, including studies of food purchasing patterns of WIC clients, food stamp nutrition education, WIC vendor management practices, a needs assessment of adolescents participating in WIC. Mr. Bell has also managed a number of technical assistance efforts, including projects to help states revise funding of local WIC agencies; develop participant-centered nutrition education; and use program data to improve program management. For 11 years, Mr. Bell directed the Washington State WIC Program. He received three national awards from the USDA for this work.

John Cawley

John Cawley Cornell University

John Cawley is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Department of Economics at Cornell University. He is co-Director of Cornell's Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an editor of the Journal of Health Economics and Associate Editor of Health Economics. He is a member of the External Scientific Panel of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a cooperative effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. John has received the Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the RWJF, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award in Prevention and Control from the CDC. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.

Mary Story

Mary Story Duke University

Dr. Mary Story is a Professor of Global Health and Community and Family Medicine, and Associate Director of Education and Training, Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. She is Director of the national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. Story’s PhD is in nutrition science and her interests are in the area of child and adolescent nutrition, and childhood obesity prevention. Dr. Story has conducted numerous school and community-based obesity prevention studies and has been Principal Investigator on several NIH grants. She has 450 scientific publications on child/adolescent nutrition and obesity prevention. Dr. Story was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010. She has been a member of several IOM Committees including Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth; Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools; Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments; Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols; and the Standing Committee for Childhood Obesity Prevention. She currently serves on the IOM Food and Nutrition Board. She is also a member of the DHHS/USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She has received numerous awards for her research and work in the field of child and adolescent nutrition.

Mary Kay Fox

Mary Kay Fox Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Mary Kay Fox is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition, childhood obesity, and school food environments. She is also Mathematica's area leader for nutrition policy. Fox currently directs an evaluation of the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Healthy Living Initiative, an obesity prevention and treatment program implemented in child care centers, schools, and afterschool programs. She also directs the fourth School Nutrition Dietary Assessment study, a national study of school meal programs that is collecting data from more than 900 schools, and the Food and Nutrition Service WIC-Medicaid II project, which is assessing the impact of participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program on birth outcomes and Medicaid costs.

Widely published in peer-reviewed journals, Fox serves on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees, one to review the WIC food packages and another panel looking at the consequences of sodium reduction in different populations. Previous IOM work includes a committee to Review National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program Meal Patterns and Nutrition Standards as well as a similar IOM committee that completed comparable work for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, she is a member of “The B-24 Project,” a working group that aims to evaluate the evidence base to support inclusion of infants and children under the age of 2 in The Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fox holds a master’s of education with a concentration in nutrition from Tufts University.