Vivica I. Kraak, Ph.D., M.S., R.D.N., is an Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has nearly 30 years of professional experience from academic and non-governmental organization settings and consulting on promoting healthy and sustainable food environments for populations. In 2017, she served as a Fulbright Scholar and a Visiting Professor at Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kraak has co-authored more than 55 peer-reviewed publications on: promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), enhancing government and corporate accountability for healthy and sustainable food environments by evaluating public-private partnerships to address their response to obesity, NCDs and climate change, improving the food and beverage industries’ responsible food and beverage marketing practices targeting children and adolescents, and translating research into policies for decision-makers. Prior to Virginia Tech, she was a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dr. Kraak was a Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor for Save the Children’s after-school obesity prevention program in 12 U.S. states, as well as Senior Program Officer for expert consensus committees convened by the Food and Nutrition Board, Health and Medicine Division at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC. She was also a Research Nutritionist in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, American Society for Nutrition and World Obesity Federation. Dr. Kraak earned her Ph.D. in population health from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; M.S. in nutritional sciences from Case Western Reserve University and completed a dietetic internship at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio; and B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.