Nancy Ann Damiani is Chief of Special Nutrition Services.
Growing up, Nancy watched several family members struggle with diabetes. She decided then to pursue a career related to chronic disease prevention.
From her college days to the present, even at times when she was not formally employed by South Los Angeles Health Projects, she has been involved with WIC.
As a college student, Nancy was mentored by a WIC nutritionist while volunteering at a well-child clinic. While still in college, she developed and taught classes at Long Beach WIC. Nancy graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics from Cal State University, Long Beach. She earned her master’s degree in public health in nutrition from the UCLA School of Public Health.
She joined South LA Health Projects upon graduation, taking a temporary job providing vacation relief to our WIC supervisors. In this position she counseled WIC participants regarding nutrition.
She left to do a 10-month dietetic internship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles that focused on nutrition for special needs children.
Following the internship, she served as a nutrition consultant to the Genesis Day Treatment Program and South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC) and provided nutrition counseling for two Venice Family Clinic programs.
Nancy returned to South LA Health Projects in 1994, hired as a nutritionist in the Special Nutrition Services department.
At our Cudahy WIC center she performed WIC nutrition assessment, and provided counseling, referrals and follow-up services for participants living with chronic illness, developmental delay and other special needs.
In 2000 she was promoted and moved to our administrative office, where for 13 years she reported to Eardell Harrison, then chief of Special Nutrition Services. Nancy provided training and technical assistance to staff, helped develop educational materials and protocols, and gave presentations in the community.
In 2013 Nancy was promoted to chief upon Eardell’s retirement. She now manages a staff of 10 registered dietitians and four degreed nutritionists. She is responsible for coordination and administrative oversight of the department, including recruitment, selection, training and supervision of the Special Nutrition Services staff. Her staff provides intensive nutrition services for participants with serious medical conditions.
Outside of South LA Health Projects, she serves on the board of the Latino Community Diabetes Council and is a member of her son’s high school district advisory committee.