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April 12, 2023

Executive Compensation at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

by Anne Paddock

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 6 – a trade association – for food and nutrition specialists.  Claiming to be “your source for science-based food and nutrition information, AND has been in the news recently for “making millions from junk food makers” by investing in food stocks (i.e. Pepsi), and from accepting donations from junk food, sugar and soda makers (i.e. Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Hershey, Nestle, and Conagra). Professional nutrition specialists partnering with processed food companies does not fare well on the national stage with the public who looks to the organization for unbiased and science-based advice.

There are 18 independent voting members (directors) of the governing body, 14 (78%) of whom are female while 4 (22%) are male (note:  The Form 990 does not report gender; determinations were made based on name and google searches).

AND reported total revenue of $37 million in 2020 (compared to $39 million in 2019), most of which came from  4 sources:  memberships dues ($11 million), registration an examination fees ($10 million), programs and meetings ($7 million), and publications and subscriptions ($5 million).  Annual dues are range from $58 (student) to $234 (active) annually with a reported 73,000 members.

Expenses totaled $37 million (not including $1.5 million in depreciation) with the largest expense reported to be compensation ($17 million).  194 employees received $17 million in compensation for an average compensation of $88,000.  38 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $576,004:  Patricia Babjak, CEO
  • $341,941:  Mary Beth Whalen, COO*
  • $299,098:  Paula Mifsud, CFO
  • $283,837:  Barbara Visocan, VP Member Services
  • $248,697:  Jeanne Blankenship, VP, Policy, Initiatives, and Advocacy
  • $237,918:  Christine Reidy, Executive Director, CDR
  • $211,049:  Alison Steiber, Chief Science Officer
  • $208,853:  Diane Enos, Chief Learning Officer
  • $182,411:  Doris Acosta, Chief Communications Officer
  • $162,171:  Rayane Zelakiewicz, Executive Director ACEND

“*” compensation paid in part by an affiliate organization (the foundation or PAC)

All of the most highly compensated employees are female.

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

  • $273,574:  An Apple a Day, of Seattle, WA for consulting fees
  • $187,738:  Barnes and Thornburg, of South Bend, Indiana for legal fees
  • $106,500:  Pante and Moran, of Chicago, IL for consulting

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019 for the year ending March 30, 2020), click here.

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