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Megan Lott, MPH, RDN

Duke Global Health Institute

Megan Lott serves as Deputy Director for Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children. In this role, Megan provides administrative leadership to the program, oversees a nationwide network of grantees, and engages in policy and research collaborations with key partners, including federal government agencies and NGOs, to identify research priorities and advance RWJF and HER program goals. She is based at the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University.

Prior to coming to Duke, Megan was a Senior Associate on the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. The project was a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and provided nonpartisan analysis and evidence-based recommendations on federal and state policies affecting the safety and healthfulness of school foods. In this role, Megan supported research, policy, and advocacy efforts aimed at improving the school nutrition environment, including managing the first ever Health Impact Assessment to be conducted on a federal rule making process.

Other prior experience includes serving as the Associate Policy Director for the Community Food Security Coalition and the National Farm to School Network, where Megan managed federal and state policy initiatives. Megan is a Registered Dietitian with a B.S. in nutrition Sciences from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.