ASPHN's Governing Board

ASPHN’s Board of Directors is comprised entirely of ASPHN members, who are elected to serve for limited terms. This dynamic and ever-changing group of leaders brings diverse experience and skills to each role on the Board. Their fresh energy and expertise guide the Association’s yearly priorities and work plan. The Board convenes once a month to conduct the Association’s work, and it collaborates with the Association’s councils, committees, consultants and partners to advance the collective actions of our members nationwide and provide leadership on nutrition programs, policies and environments.

Keep Up-To-Date On Board Activities


From year to year, ASPHN’s board focuses on priority issues relating to public health nutrition and nutritional health and wellness. See our recent board statements below and view our strategic plan here.


In 2022, ASPHN’s Board of Directors published a Call to Action to stop further decline in national fruit and vegetable consumption and potentially reverse the trend. The Call to Action includes a Checklist for Change that helps the Association and its members examine this crisis from all angles and explore all ideas and possible solutions. Learn more through the link below.

Vegetable & Fruit Call To Action


In 2020, ASPHN’s Board of Directors published a Priority Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to assure the Association is a more inclusive and equitable organization. ASPHN is taking tangible steps to achieve this goal and reduce disparities. Read the full statement and check back soon to learn more about ASPHN’s plan and resources prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Priority Statement on DEI


Serving on ASPHN’s Board of Directors is a rewarding and career-enhancing experience. Members are able to expand their leadership skills in a respectful, safe and supportive environment. The camaraderie that stems from regular meetings leads to life-long friendships and important professional connections. And the board’s work often contributes to and shapes public health nutrition priorities at the national level. We encourage all members to consider this unique leadership opportunity.


All Board positions have unique duties and begin their terms in the year they are elected starting on August 1st. You can learn more about the Board positions and their duties here. A nominating and voting process for board positions takes place earlier in the calendar year and details are available below.* ASPHN encourages interested members to self-nominate or nominate colleagues whom they value to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors. To learn more, please email Mary Ann Ellsworth.

*ASPHN’s Governance Committee releases the ballot for votes via email in March and keeps the ballot open to votes for 30 days. Those elected are contacted in April. ASPHN’s Council members vote for a chair-elect of the council they are a member of. If someone is a member of all three councils they receive a ballot for each council. Appointed Members cast the general ballot for their state. The general ballot includes elections for the positions of president-elect, treasurer or secretary, directors at large, and Governance Committee membership. The Appointed Member from each state receives the General Ballot and is encouraged to consult with the General Members in their state before voting. Find your state Appointed Member here.

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