Academy Programs: Academy Governance

Academy Governance
The Academy uses governance management to provide strategic leadership to the organization. Governance helps the Board of Directors set direction, make policy and strategy decisions, oversee and monitor organizational performance and ensuring overall accountability. Below are resources to help you understand the Academy's governance structure.

Academy Strategic Plan

A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition. 

Accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our members:

  • Amplify the contribution of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and expand workforce capacity and capability
  • Integrate research, professional development, technology and practice to stimulate innovation and discovery
  • Collaborate to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges now and in the future
  • Focus on system-wide impact across the food, well-being and health care sectors
  • Have a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition.

Access the Academy website to learn more about the strategic plan. Download a copy of the Academy's strategic plan

Academy Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction, budget, guidelines and policies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With the mission and vision leading the Academy in all facets of governance and policy, the Board provides access to the strategic plan and Academy policies that guide members and the profession as a whole.

Comprised of national leaders in nutrition and health, the Board has 19 members and governs the organization.
To govern the organization, the Academy Board of Directors:
  • Sets and monitors strategic direction.
  • Oversees fiscal planning.
  • Provides leadership for professional initiatives.
  • Appoints persons to represent the association.
  • Establishes guidelines and policies for appeals, publications, awards and honors.

Board or Directors Attendance Request
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors and/or staff members are available to present at affiliate meetings. The presentation by an Academy Board of Directors member offers a report on recent developments of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Foundation. The presentation highlights the top changes, challenges and initiatives of the profession while focusing on future trends and opportunities. The many benefits to membership will be discussed including the myriad resources available to assist members in their personal and professional development. The presentation summarizes the many roles played by dietetics professionals in improving the nutrition and health of the public, educates members on the rich history of their organization, and keeps members well-informed of activities being carried out on their behalf, such as public policy and advocacy, the projects of the Academy Foundation, news media outreach programs and the Second Century Vision. 
The presentation by an Academy Board member will include a brief update on Second Century. Your affiliate is welcome to request that an Academy staff member attend to present a more depth about Second Century. (Note, the expenses for a staff member to attend will be covered by the affiliate.)
Submission Process:
  1. The Affiliate completes and submits a Board of Directors/Staff Request Form and sends to at least 60 days out from the meeting. (Forms must be submitted even if the affiliate has already spoken with the Board/staff member.)
  2. The Academy staff will coordinate availability with the requested Board or staff member.
  3. The Academy staff will contact the affiliate within 10 business days of the submitted request with additional questions or Board/staff confirmation of attendance.
  4. Upon confirmation of availability the affiliate and speaker will coordinate additional plans for the speaking opportunity. Affiliates may use a template communication to ensure planning is arranged for the Board member's attendance. 
Reimbursement: Each Affiliate will reimburse all expenses incurred by the Academy Board and/or staff member. This includes air/ground transportation, subsistence, and lodging. If the affiliate has specific rates for reimbursement, the affiliate needs to share that information with the speaker.
Travel Arrangements: Affiliates should initiate the communication regarding the date, time, place and other logistical arrangements. Hotel arrangements should be arranged by the host organization. If the speaker uses the Academy’s travel system to make arrangements, an invoice will be sent to the affiliate for reimbursement of expenses.
Honoraria and Fees: An Academy Board/Staff member may not accept an honorarium or fee for representing the organization or for presenting on organization-related business or initiatives. Board members who are also requested to present a continuing professional development session are entitled to receive compensation. The amount will be negotiated between the Affiliate and the Board member.

Academy Bylaws

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Bylaws are rules adopted by the organization for governing meetings and association affairs. They define the relationship, the rights, and the obligations for members, directors, officers and staff. Bylaws should be a living document, to be used, reviewed and revised as necessary.

Visit the Academy website for more information about the bylaws. Download a copy of the Academy bylaws.

Code of Ethics

Dietetics practitioners have voluntarily adopted this Code of Ethics to reflect the values and ethical principles guiding the dietetics profession and to set forth commitments and obligations of the dietetics practitioner to the public, clients, the profession, colleagues and other professionals.

Visit the Academy website for more information. Download a copy of the Academy's Code of Ethics.

Strategic Policy and Partnerships

One of the goals of Academy policy efforts is to build key partnerships and leverage resources to help meet our goals and enhance members’ image. Because it is not business as usual in Congress, as reported almost daily in the media, these relationships are even more vital for us. These relationships are not meant to replace any network or affiliations the Association has had in the practice areas but instead to focus on legislative and policy efforts. Coalitions and partnerships have been found to be effective both in cost and outcomes in achieving legislation and policy. The role of our Academy in these groups (whether to lead or support) is dependent on the issue and the relationship to meeting our goals. Some of these were existing relationships that needed to be strengthened while many others are new. 

Download a list of the Academy's strategic partnerships.

Academy Acronyms

The Academy uses many acronyms. To help you navigate, access a list of the most frequently used acronyms.