Kimberly Stitzel, M.S., R.D. is an entrepreneurial, driven executive with a talent for sparking innovation and growth leadership within companies. She is an expert in making emotional connections between businesses and their communities to raise funds and drive growth. Kim Stitzel was an executive with the American Heart Association (AHA) for 15 years. Her greatest accomplishments while at the AHA include: successfully funding and leading a $25 million non-profit health and well-being business, overseeing the employee giving campaign resulting in over $1 million in donations, establishing a new $2 million sustainable business structure within a large established enterprise and the creation of the 10-year enterprise-wide goal.
Prior to joining the AHA, Ms. Stitzel served as a nutrition advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health on federal nutrition policy at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, she co-authored the book, A Healthier You, and served on the joint HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines management team, which facilitated the work of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She also supported federal health and nutrition initiatives such as, Steps to a HealthierUS and Healthy People 2010. Prior employment includes Manager of National Nutrition Policy at the American Dietetic Association and research associate for the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. She completed her dietetic internship through Virginia Tech in Washington, DC. She completed both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, at Virginia Tech. She has been published in both scientific journals and consumer-focused magazines.