Vivica I. Kraak, Ph.D., R.D., is assistant professor of food and nutrition policy in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has more than 25 years of professional experience combined from academia and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Kraak has co-authored more than 40 publications about population-based approaches to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases; enhancing government and corporate accountability for healthy food environments; improving the food industry’s marketing practices to promote a healthy diet and achieve health-promotion targets for children and adolescents; and making translational research relevant to policymakers and decision-makers in different contexts. From 2010 to September 2013, she worked as a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s World Health Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. From 2007 to 2010, she was the Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisor for Save the Children’s U.S. after-school obesity prevention program serving rural children in 12 states. From 2002 to 2006, she staffed several expert consensus committees convened by the Food and Nutrition Board at The National Academies in Washington, DC. From 1994 to 2000, she worked as a Research Nutritionist in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she coordinated several domestic and international food policy and community nutrition research projects. Dr. Kraak is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, American Society for Nutrition, The UK Nutrition Society, and the World Obesity Federation’s Policy and Prevention Scientific and Technical Advisory Network. She earned a Ph.D. in population health from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; an M.S. degree in nutritional sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and a B.S. degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She completed her dietetic internship at the University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1987-1989.