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March 15, 2020

Executive Compensation at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

by Anne Paddock

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) – a professional organization – that represents more than 100,000 credentialed food and nutrition professionals although membership is reported to be 73,000.

Formerly known as the American Dietetic Association until 2012 when the name was changed to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, AND has been around since 1917. An affiliated organization – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (- a 501 (c) (3)) has been around since 1966 and operates out of the same office address.

The Foundation has a $26 million endowment and received about $900,000 from AND in the 2017-2018 operating year. The Foundation raised about $3.5 million (including the $900,000 from AND), spent $1.3 million on grants (primarily on scholarships to individuals) and $2.2 million on operating expenses (primarily staff, office, fees for services, travel and conferences).

The focus of this post is on the Executive Compensation at AND.

AND reported total revenue of $39 million in the 2017-2018 operating year. $39 million in expenses were reported with the largest expense being compensation for the 195 employees. $16 million in compensation for the 195 employees equates to an average compensation of $82,000.  28 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $579,357:  Patricia Babjack, CEO
  • $318,445:  Mary Beth Whalen, COO
  • $296,800:  Paul A Mifsud, CFO
  • $268,552:  Barbara Visocan, VP Member Services
  • $229,943:  Jeanne Blankenship, VP Policy Initiatives and Advocacy
  • $220,241:  Mary Gregoire, Executive Director, ACEND
  • $219,848:  Christine Reidy, Executive Director, CDR
  • $201,855:  Alison Steiber, Chief Science Officer

The 8 most employees listed above received $2.4 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $300,000. If the compensation of the 8 employees is deducted from total compensation ($16 million), then 187 employees were compensated $13.4 million which brings the average compensation to $71,700.

7 of the 8 (88%) of the most highly compensated employees are female while 1 (12%) is a male, the CFO.

Four independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation:

  • $216,230:  An Apple a Day of Seattle, WA for consulting
  • $208,932:  Barnes and Thornburg of Chicago, IL for legal work
  • $152,108:  Big Voice Communications of New Haven, CT for consulting
  • $109,253:  The Caviart Group of Vienna, VA for consulting

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017 for the year ending May 31, 2018), click here.

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