Nancy Ann Damiani is Chief of Nutrition, Breastfeeding and Training 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 Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero. As a college intern, 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 provided nutrition counseling to WIC participants.
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 and provided nutrition counseling for a prenatal and a child development program at the Venice Family Clinic.
Nancy returned to South LA Health Projects in 1994 as a registered dietitian. She was hired as a nutritionist in the Special Nutrition Services (SNS) department.
In 2013 Nancy was promoted to Chief of Special Nutrition Services upon Eardell’s retirement.
In 2021, Special Nutrition Services joined the Nutrition and Breastfeeding Department, and Nancy became the Chief of Nutrition, Breastfeeding and Training Services.
She is responsible for the coordination and administrative oversight of the department, including recruitment, selection, and training of department staff. Nancy also oversees the nutrition and breastfeeding education of both the WIC staff and the WIC participants.