Jessica L. Escobar-Alegría, PhD

Alive & Thrive at FHI 360

Jessica L. Escobar-Alegría, PhD, is an expert in nutrition and dietetics, global nutrition, epidemiology, and public health. Dr. Escobar-Alegria has over 20 years of experience working across academia, government, and international health and nutrition settings.

At the Alive & Thrive global nutrition initiative, managed by FHI 360, Dr. Escobar-Alegria currently contributes to joint efforts among the initiative and its strategic partners to complete research, system strengthening efforts to integrate maternal infant and young child nutrition services in existing governmental platforms, and document how system strengthening for nutrition works. Recent accomplishments include efforts to document what determines maternal nutrition practices in India among users of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services.

Before joining Alive & Thrive, Dr. Escobar-Alegria led a case study for understanding the sustainability of food and nutrition security policies during presidential transitions. She also contributed to global health initiatives, research, and evaluation in public health and nutrition. Dr. Escobar-Alegria is fluent in English and a native Spanish speaker from El Salvador.