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Danielle Lee

Director of Communications & Research Engagement
Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
1111 Franklin Street
11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
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Danielle Lee is a registered dietitian and public health nutritionist working to increase access to healthy and sustainable food. Her work at the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) focuses on healthy beverage policies, food waste, early childhood feeding, and federally funded food programs including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Danielle manages internal and external communications for NPI, including serving the role of lead editor and writer of the NPI Research to Action quarterly email news brief, blog manager for the NPI news posts, and NPI website manager. 


  • A.S. Biological Sciences, Reedley College, 2006
  • B.S. Clinical Nutrition, University of California, Davis, 2008
  • M.P.H Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • R.D. California State University, Northridge, 2016




Public Health Nutrition

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Peer Reviewed

  • Martinez, Catherine E.; Ritchie, Lorrene D.; Lee, Danielle L.; Tsai, Marisa M.; Anderson, Christopher E.; Whaley, Shannon E. (2022). California WIC Participants Report Favorable Impacts of the COVID-Related Increase to the WIC Cash Value Benefit. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19:17, 10604. August 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710604

  • Lee, Danielle L.; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Marshall, Samantha K-D.; Hecht, Christina; Beck, Lindsay T.; Ritchie, Lorrene D.. (2022). Child and Adult Care Food Program Participation Benefits, Barriers and Facilitators for Independent Child Care Centers in California. Nutrients. 14:21, 4449. October 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14214449

  • Heiges, Jessica; Lee, Danielle L; Vollmer, Laura; Wobbekind, Kate; Thompson, Hannah R; Gosliner, Wendi; Madsen, Kristine A; O'Neill, Kate; Ritchie, Lorrene D (2022). Evaluating Food Packaging Waste in Schools: A Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19:9. May 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095607

  • Hazard, Kimberly; Lee, Danielle; Ritchie, Lorrene; Díaz Rios, L. Karina; Plank, Kaela; Alkon, Abbey. (2021). Development of an online curriculum for California early care and education providers on healthy beverages. BMC Public Health. 21:1387. July 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11428-x

  • Ritchie, Lorrene D; Keeton, Victoria; Lee, Danielle L; Gruzo, Klara; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Au, Lauren E; Alkon, Abbey. (2021). Nutrition Standards For Infants and Young Children can be Implemented by Family Child Care Home Providers. Global Pediatric Health. 8, 1-8. January 25. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333794X21989555

  • Lee, Danielle L; Alkon, Abbey; Plank, Kaela; Neelon, Marisa; Dias Rios, L. Karina; Hecht, Christina E; Thompson, Hannah R; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2021). Self-Paced Online Training on Healthy Beverage Policy for Child Care Providers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 53:6, 457-470. June 1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2021.02.007

  • Lee, Danielle L; Traseira, Raquel; Navarro, Sophia; Frost, Natasha; Benjamin-Neelon, Sara; Cradock, Angie L; Hecht, Ken; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2020). Alignment of State Regulations With Breastfeeding and Beverage Best Practices for Childcare Centers and Family Childcare Homes, United States. Public Health Reports. November 9. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033354920964156

  • Gurzo, Klara; Lee, Danielle L; Yoshida, Sallie; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Hecht, Ken; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2020). Child Care Sites Participating in the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program Provide More Nutritious Foods and Beverages. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. S1499-4046(20)30069-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.02.009

  • Lee, Danielle L; Gurzo, Klara; Nhan, Lilly; Yoshida, Sallie; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2020). Nutrition Provided to Infants in Licensed Childcare Centers and Homes: A Descriptive Study. Maternal and Child Health Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-020-02929-z

  • Lee, Danielle L; Gurzo, Klara; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Yoshida, Sallie; Hecht, Ken; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2020). Status of Beverages Served to Young Children in Child Care After Implementation of California Policy 2012-2016. Preventing Chronic Disease. 17:E30. http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd17.190296

  • Ritchie, Lorrene D; Lee, Danielle L; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Au, Lauren E. (2020). Transition from Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding to Toddler Nutrition in Child Care Settings. Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series. 95, 1-13. November 9. https://doi.org/10.1159/000511517

  • Harpainter, Phoebe; Hewawitharana, Sridharshi C; Lee, Danielle L; Martin, Anna C; Gosliner, Wendi; Ritchie, Lorrene D; Woodward-Lopez, Gail. (2020). Voluntary Kids' Meal Beverage Standards: Are They Sufficient to Ensure Healthier Restaurant Practices and Consumer Choice? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17:15, 5275. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155275

  • Lee, Danielle L; Gurzo, Klara; Yoshida, Sally; Homel Vitale, Elyse; Hecht, Ken; Ritchie, Lorrene D. (2018). Compliance with the New 2017 Child and Adult Care Food Program Standards for Infants and Children before Implementation. Childhood Obesity. 14:6. Sept 1, 2018. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/chi.2018.0092

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