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Elizabeth Jordan-Bell

Elizabeth (Betsy) Jordan-Bell

Senior International Nutrition Specialist


Master of Public Health, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, International Comparative Studies, Duke University


Elizabeth (Betsy) Jordan-Bell is a public health nutritionist and registered dietitian with over 15 years of experience in international maternal, infant, and young child nutrition. Ms. Jordan-Bell has supported country-level stakeholders to advance the integration of Community Management of Acute Malnutrition into clinical protocols and national policies in Malawi, Uganda, and Nigeria.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Jordan-Bell managed a Bill & Melinda Gates-funded study on HIV, breastfeeding, and nutrition outcomes with data from Malawi. While working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), she provided technical assistance to USAID Missions to assess their portfolios and identify opportunities for improving nutrition programming within health and related sectors and provided technical and strategic management for globally funded nutrition projects. Also at USAID, she supported the Agency’s leadership in the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, which aimed to highlight countries’ commitments to improving nutrition outcomes of their populations, especially mothers and young children.

At RTI, Ms. Jordan-Bell has contributed to business development efforts with a focus on identifying key nutrition-sensitive actions to improve nutrition outcomes of women and young children through private sector-led and/or resilience-oriented approaches. She provides technical guidance to ongoing nutrition and early childhood development projects and has provided technical expertise and research to internally funded studies related to identifying market opportunities for nutritious foods and the integration of resilience into the agriculture to nutrition pathways.

In collaboration with RTI colleagues across sectors, Ms. Jordan-Bell contributes to strategic planning and business development efforts related to early childhood development, and she co-leads an internally funded study that seeks to identify opportunities to support parents and caregivers in providing optimal Nurturing Care for their young children with disabilities in Cambodia.