MARGO G. WOOTAN, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Margo Wootan is the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), one of the country's leading health advocacy organizations that specializes in food, nutrition, and public health issues.
Dr. Wootan received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University's School of Public Health. She has published scholarly papers in the areas of food marketing to children, nutrition labeling, nutrition education, social marketing, and fatty acid transport.
Wootan co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), a coalition of more than 300 national, state and local organizations. She co-leads the Food Marketing Workgroup and is a member of the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Steering Committee.
Dr. Wootan led the successful effort to require trans fat labeling on packaged foods, which significantly contributed to the 50% decline in trans fat consumption in the U.S. She led the effort to pass federal legislation to require calorie labeling in fast-food and other chain restaurants. Wootan coordinated efforts to pass the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act, including the law to set national nutrition standards for foods sold through vending machines, a la carte, school stores, and fundraisers at schools. She works on expanding nutrition and physical activity promotion and funding and reducing unhealthy food marketing aimed at children. Wootan developed and ran CSPI's award-winning 1% Or Less campaign, a community-based nutrition promotion program.
Dr. Wootan is quoted regularly in the nation's major media and served as an advisor to and appeared in the movie Super Size Me. Wootan has testified before Congress and state legislatures and been invited to speak by federal and state agencies including at the National Nutrition Summit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academies' Institute of Medicine, and the Surgeon General's Listening Session for the National Action Plan on Overweight and Obesity.
Dr. Wootan has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and dedicated service and won awards from the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors, the Society for Nutrition Education, the Society for Prevention Research, and the National Health Information Awards.