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Sara Elnakib, PhD, MPH, RDN

Sara Elnakib has worked in the area of community nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 10 years. Dr. Elnakib joined the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in January 2015 and became the Department Chair in 2022. She has focused on food insecurity and improving food access in Passaic County as part of her role in the Passaic County Food Policy Council. She is also interested in food waste in institutional settings and how behavioral economics can be leveraged to reduce food waste. Prior to the faculty appointment at Rutgers University, she served as the Health and Nutrition Director for a Head Start Program in Montclair, New Jersey as well as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. Dr. Elnakib earned her doctoral degree from the Rutgers University, School of Public Health as well as a Masters of Public Health in Health Education and Behavioral Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Rutgers University in Nutritional Science.