Analyst, Center for Food Assistance and Nutrition

Brenda Wolford PortraitBrenda Wolford provides research and technical support to several projects. Her work includes the evaluation of food assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, particularly focusing on nutrition education provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Ms. Wolford is currently working on SNAP-Ed evaluation projects in multiple states, looking at improvements in diet and physical activity-related behaviors among program participants.

She also works on the evaluation of a national Share our Strength program, Cooking Matters at the Store®, determining the program’s effectiveness in changing shopping and diet-related behaviors of low-income participants.

Before joining Altarum Institute, Ms. Wolford was the Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. In this role, she oversaw the delivery of SNAP-Ed and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Los Angeles County and collaborated with colleagues across the state to develop, implement, and evaluate programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity among low-income youth in California. In addition, Ms. Wolford worked as the Director of Nutrition at Iris House, Inc. in Harlem, NY, providing nutrition counseling to clients living with HIV and AIDS.

Ms. Wolford holds a master’s degree in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She is a registered dietitian. 



MS, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University
BS, Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University