Director, Altarum Institute Center for Food and Nutrition

Linnea Sallack PortraitLinnea Sallack works with federal, state, and local nutrition and food assistance agencies to assess program operations and develop strategies to strengthen services, increase operational efficiency and impact, and ensure program integrity.

As Center Director, Ms. Sallack oversees multiple national studies funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Economic Research Service, particularly for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She directs participant-centered services and other program improvement initiatives that are underway in WIC state agencies throughout the country. She also works on projects to evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition education interventions and program operations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Before joining Altarum Institute, Ms. Sallack had a 30-year career in providing and managing WIC program services. Her experience with WIC began in the state of Georgia when the program was being established in public health and community health settings, followed by 27 years working for the California WIC Program, which concluded with 8 years as State WIC Director responsible for managing the nation’s largest program serving 1.5 million women, infants, and children each month. During her tenure as California WIC Director, Ms. Sallack promoted collaboration between WIC and other food assistance and nutrition programs and services in California.

Ms. Sallack is recognized as a national leader and expert in WIC program operations and policy and served on the Board of the National WIC Association (NWA) as well as many NWA committees and task forces. During her WIC career, she received a California Department of Public Health Leadership Award and the NWA Leadership Award, as well as recognition for leadership and service from FNS and the California State Legislature. Ms. Sallack holds a master’s of public health in public health nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in nutrition from Penn State University. She is a registered dietitian with the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.