Welcome to Advocacy and Public Policy!

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) advocate for patients every day. But who advocates for the RDNs? The Public Policy Council (PPC) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CA Academy) is leading the charge in advocating for RDNs in the state. They are a group of individual RDNs from each district and is led by the Vice President of Public Policy, Brenda O’Day. Visit the CA Academy’s advocacy page here.

Here are the who, what, where, when, and why:
Who: Advocacy is made up of everyone who has a stake in any policy/legislation that is being written, passed, and/or signed into law. Feel free to contact your DVD Public Policy Representative Representative here or the Vice President of Public Policy, Brenda O’Day here.

What: Advocacy is to demonstrate the interests of a group to legislators. Lobbying is to influence a legislator to vote one way or another about a specific legislation. Look here for the list of legislation monitored by the CA Academy.

Where: Advocacy can be done locally, nationally, in person, or online. Legislative Ambassadors must be a constituent of the legislator that they represent.

To find your CA Assemblymembers click here

To find your CA Senators click here
To find your US House Representative click here
Or to find your US Senator click here


When: There are Action Alerts that the National Academy sends out regularly. Advocacy can be done at any time. Click here to find out more.

Why: Policy dictates what we can or can’t do as professionals in our fields. We hope that youjoin us in advocating for the profession!

Want to get involved?
We are looking for Legislative Ambassadors in our district!

CA Assembly District
11 Jim Frazier Open
14 Tim Grayson Taken
16 Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Taken

CA Senate District
7 Steven Glazer Taken

U.S. Congress
9 Jerry McNerney Open
11 Mark De Saulnier Taken

Contact your Public Policy Representative here for more information and to sign up!

Action Alerts

DVD members can take action by sending an electronic letter to their representatives or senators to express their support or opposition for bills that impact our profession and the health and nutrition of Americans. Action alerts allow us to bring our issues to the attention of members of Congress, and raise awareness about and add legitimacy to a particular priority issue. Take action by clicking the link below - it literally only takes a minute!

Action Center 

Advocacy Summit (formerly known as PPW)

Public Policy Council Grassroots Movement to support dietetics professionals in California 

Visit CAND's Advocacy page for more information and to register.