Dorothea K. Vafiadis, M.S., FAHA, is Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) where she oversees two national resource centers delivering programs to drive social impact and improve health and wellness for older adults. Her professional experience of more than 20 years in public health and non-profit organizations includes nutrition innovations, chronic disease prevention strategies, partnership development and overseeing volunteer panels and non-profit boards. Her current portfolio includes leading NCOA’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Aging Hub initiative, a collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that includes public and private partners. Prior to joining NCOA, Ms. Vafiadis served as the National Director of Healthy Living for the American Heart Association (AHA), where she directed strategy for systems change at the program and policy level. She launched and directed the Healthy Food Leadership Summit, an annual stakeholder engagement program bringing together thought leaders and some of the country’s largest multinational food companies to improve the food environment. She led the Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel (INAP), a membership of more than a dozen corporations and private sector food companies working to drive systemic change and increase the supply of healthier options in the marketplace. She also played a major role in the creation of the HEALTHY FOR GOOD initiative, a consumer campaign delivering science-based recommendations to drive behavior change. In her first role at AHA, as a Science and Medicine Advisor, Ms. Vafiadis convened more than 200 cardiovascular scientists and researchers developing scientific, peer-reviewed publications and scientific programs. She also oversaw and implemented strategic frameworks for programs such as Start (walking program), Heart of Diabetes, Heart 360, Heart Check Food Certification Program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint effort with the Clinton Foundation. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Vafiadis served as a Nutritionist in the Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she co-led a team of scientists deliberating on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and participated as a member of the federal project team for the Food Guidance System and MyPyramid.gov. Ms. Vafiadis holds a master’s degree in animal science, food, and nutrition form Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.