President and CEO - Nancy E. Roman
Nancy E. Roman leads the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to creating lasting, sustainable change that transforms the culture of food and activity so that all children grow up healthy. During her tenure, Nancy has led PHA to more fully recognize the impact of food on chronic disease and to embrace objectives advancing global sustainable nutrition.
Prior to joining PHA, Nancy was the President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition and diet-related disease. Under her leadership, the food bank became a national voice for embedding health and wellness in hunger relief work.
Nancy sat on the leadership team of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), overseeing public policy, private partnerships, and communications for the world’s largest humanitarian agency feeding 100 million people in 75 countries. She chaired WFP’s Investment Committee with more than $1 billion under management and served on the Nutrition Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Prior to joining WFP, Nancy served as Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, President of the G7 Group, a strategic consulting firm, and as a journalist, covering politics, the US Congress, foreign policy and economics.
Nancy is a vice chair of the board of trustees of Global Communities, an international NGO that works on hunger, health, micro-finance and lending to support lives and livelihoods, and of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), which organizes nonpartisan communities to find common ground on the issues facing millennials and future generations. She was recently named one of “The Most Powerful Women in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine. She speaks internationally on women in leadership and on the power of food to shape health.
Nancy holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and French from Baylor University. She is married to Steven Cohen and has two children, Daniel and Taylor.