Appointed in July 2014, Angela Tagtow is the Executive Director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. CNPP works to improve the health and well being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
As a registered dietitian, Tagtow brings to the Federal government over 20 years of experience in food and nutrition policy, public health nutrition, surveillance systems, research, professional and consumer communication, grant writing, social marketing, training and education.
Most recently, she operated a successful consulting firm that provided assessment and evaluation, policy development, and communication and education services to diverse clients that worked toward advancing greater access to healthful food and reducing the rates of diet-related chronic disease.
Tagtow has extensive experience working on issues related to USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service (FNCS) programs. Her leadership includes conceptualizing, launching and serving as the managing editor of the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, co-founding a statewide non-profit focused on health and food systems, and forming a statewide community of practice that advances evidence-based strategies to increase access to healthful food. In addition, she served in a leadership position with the Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program and later as a technical expert with the IDPH's Community Transformation Initiative.
Tagtow has served in several professional leadership positions within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and American Public Health Association, and as an editorial board member of the Childhood Obesity Journal. In addition to publishing several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, she has served as a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the University of Missouri, Thomas Jefferson Institute and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and has been recognized for her professional contributions by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
Tagtow is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. She recently served as an Endowed Chair, Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.