Dietetic Spotlight on Lorri Holzberg, VP of Public Policy, CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JULY 12, 2015
I originally met Lorri Holzberg, MA, RDN, while attending the Public Policy Workshop in Washington DC. Lorri is a wealth of knowledge and has had such an amazing career as a dietitian. She has since retired from her main work and now focuses on improving public policy and acting as an advocate in association with the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read on to learn more how you can have a successful, fulfilling career like Lorri and better our healthcare system by working with policy and politics. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I received a master’s degree from UCLA in Microbiology with an emphasis on molecular biology and biochemistry. I was a research assistant for several years but had very little job satisfaction. I quit working when I had my children but in raising them, I developed an intense passion for nutrition, especially after I heard a biochemist turned nutritionist speak and I could see the relationship between all I had learned in biochemistry to what was going on in the body with food and nutrients. I went back to school with certain course requirements from the American Dietetic Association as it was known then. The more I studied nutrition, the more passionate I became and wanted to share that passion and knowledge with others.
Your Job Title:
Retired. After I finished a Work Experience Program with Ann Coulston, MS, RD at Stanford Medical School, I taught in Community Colleges and I worked in physician offices and a family practice clinic until I started a private practice in Menlo Park. During this time, I became a Certified Diabetes Educator. My final job before retirement was the best job I ever had. I worked for a multi-disciplinary medical clinic (Camino Medical Group) which merged with Sutter and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation a few years later. In that job, I counseled patients for a variety of medical situations as well as developed classes for type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, heart smart living and weight management.
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
My life in retirement is volunteering in public policy for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Vice President of Public Policy (an elected position) which means I am on the Executive Board. I was appointed to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee in January 2014 and it is a 3 year position. I was also appointed to be the liaison to the Academy’s Nutrition Services Payment Committee which is a full committee membership as well.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I got all my previous jobs in dietetics by becoming active in the district associations and networking with peer dietitians. I also had physician friends and colleagues who were supportive along the way.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with organizational, studying and learning skills. I have learned political and personal skills along the way.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Follow your passion and advocate for yourself in your profession. If you advocate for yourself and your co-workers you will feel a real sense of satisfaction.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
People I work with showing their passion for their work and their advocacy efforts.