I serve as senior public health and science policy advisor in the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC). My responsibilities include developing and implementing special projects in the areas of nutrition sciences and public health nutrition. I represent the Division on issues that relate to health disparities research and the role of environmental and policy strategies in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. My current work supports the DNRC by identifying research opportunities and knowledge gaps. I am focusing on ways the Division can foster community changes to promote healthy eating and active living among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. I collaborate with academic and government researchers to develop review papers on the state of the science for measuring the local food environment and the role of community engagement in chronic disease prevention strategies. By applying my background in nutrition science and public health law, I support nutrition research and training that both promotes and maintains health and prevents and treats disease.