Deputy Director, Center for Food and Nutrition

Stacy Gleason designs, directs, and conducts research studies and evaluations of federal, state, and local food and nutrition assistance programs to assess policy impact, food access, benefit utilization, participant satisfaction, program integrity, cost containment, nutrition education, and other high priority topics of interest.

Serving Altarum Institute’s Center for Food and Nutrition since 2004, her areas of expertise include designing and conducting quantitative analyses of national and state survey and program databases, planning and conducting process and impact evaluations, and improving federal and state program integrity and efficiency for the purpose of maximizing service to eligible participants. Programs of focus include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and nutrition education programming for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed).

Ms. Gleason has directed five national studies funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service: the WIC Vendor Management Study and Electronic Benefit Transfer Option Study; the WIC Vendor Risk Reduction Study; the WIC Nutrition Services and Administration Cost Study; and the Analysis of SNAP-Ed Data for All States. She is also the Project Director for the WIC Food Price Variability Study, funded by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and a study funded by the AARP Foundation to evaluate Grocery Guides, an in-store nutrition education program targeted to adults ages 50 and older.

She was the Project Director for the Study to Enhance American Indian Access to the WIC Food Package, funded by the Aetna Foundation; Project Director of the 2011 Effects of Changes in the WIC Food Package on Redemptions study in Wisconsin, funded by ERS; Lead Analyst on the 2005 WIC Vendor Management Study; and Project Manager for Altarum’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Mission Project, for which she coordinated a four-state evaluation of the impact of the revised WIC food package on small stores. Ms. Gleason also served as lead staff on Models of SNAP Education and Evaluations, Waves I and II, conducting data collection and analysis activities for these studies.

Ms. Gleason holds a master’s of public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s of science in biology from Boston College.