Amy DeLisio

Amy DeLisio is currently the director at the Center for Wellness and Nutrition, a program of the Public Health Institute, where she provides overall vision and strategic direction, and project oversight. Ms. DeLisio is a well-established leader with over fifteen years of experience in innovative public health nutrition education and social marketing approaches, food and nutrition security initiatives, and chronic disease prevention programs. Ms. DeLisio has extensive experience in managing and leading statewide, regional, and national initiatives with responsiveness to local needs and developing partnerships with organizations across California and the United States to support common goals. Ms. DeLisio is passionate about implementing community-driven approaches that increase equitable policies and food justice in low-resource communities that have been historically left out. She has comprehensive skills in training and capacity-building efforts, community and youth leadership, community-clinical linkages, and nutrition policy.

Ms. DeLisio has successfully secured funding and provided oversight to a large portfolio of multi-year federal, state, local, and private grants totaling over $32 million in one year. Some of her projects include:

  • Leading a large multifaceted team that implemented an emergency food program during COVID-19 for the Los Angeles County Food Security Branch that reduced food insecurity among participants by 15%.
  • Developing a food navigator farmers market initiative that increased SNAP redemption by 400% at local farmers markets implemented through the California State Nutrition Action Council and CWN.
  • Facilitating the Southeast Learning Community, including the first-ever regional SNAP-Ed evaluation in the Southeast eight-state region that showed increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, improved nutrition, and food resource management behaviors, and documented over 700 nutrition environmental supports.
  • Leading one of the largest clinical Healthy Food Rx pilot studies funded through the foundation of a global healthcare company.

Before joining CWN, Amy implemented new clinic policies and procedures to improve diabetes care for patients at an FQHC, developed a comprehensive statewide Breastfeeding Campaign that included policy changes for the California WIC program, and provided statewide technical assistance and training to local jurisdictions through the California Department of Public Health to support healthy community change.

Ms. DeLisio is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s in Public Health degree from the University of Southern California. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree and attended the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Youngstown State University.