Food Choices for a Healthy Planet Accelerator


Jessica Hager

Director, Healthcare Partnerships & Nutrition

Feeding America

Food Choices for a Healthy Planet Accelerator

For more than a decade, Jessica Hager (she/her/hers) has been focused on social determinants of health, namely food security, and currently serves as director, healthcare partnerships and nutrition at Feeding America. Her work has centered on the development and execution of a national strategy aimed at improving food security through cross-sector partnerships, applied research, and hunger-relief sector transformation. Much of these efforts are featured on Hunger + Health, a site developed by Hager to educate, connect and engage cross-sector professionals addressing food insecurity. She is a proponent and lifelong student of working with communities to illuminate and interrupt systemic barriers hindering humanity’s progress to ensuring dignity and basic needs for all. Hager served as co-lead to the inaugural diversity, equity and inclusion planning team at Feeding America, laying a foundation for evaluation and systems-level change within the organization. She also serves on the board of directors at enfleshed, a national non-profit focused on the centering of marginalized experiences, conversations and communities. Currently a resident of Chicago, Hager hails from Texas where she was an active member of Austin’s non-profit sector. She holds a MA in Social Work from University of Chicago and BA in Communication Studies from Southwestern University.