Nancy Moriarity, Ph.D.


Nancy retired in 2016 after a 26+ year career at PepsiCo. During her career, she spent 16 years at Frito-Lay R&D as a product development scientist, including all phases from early prototype development, scale-up, test market support and product launch. She worked domestically and internationally and shares 3 U.S. patents with PepsiCo colleagues. In addition to product development, she built and led a successful Supplier Collaboration program, resulting in supplier partnerships supporting multiple product development efforts. Nancy then transitioned to a role within the Quaker Nutrition organization leading nutrition research efforts, undernutrition-focused projects, and nutrition strategy. She then moved into Global R&D Strategy where she supported the work of the global R&D support service organizations.

Nancy also leveraged her career as an opportunity to explore her passions. Among these she was active in recruiting and engaged with her alma mater (University of Illinois) where she served on the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s External Advisory Board and was awarded the College of ACES Award of Merit in 2013. Nancy also was a leader within PepsiCo R&D’s STEM-related activities and shared a 2016 Chairman’s Award with other PepsiCo STEM leaders.

IFT Highlights

Nancy joined IFT in 1991. She was elected to the Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees in 2016 and is the 2019-2020 Chair of the Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees. Before her involvement on Feeding Tomorrow, Nancy volunteered for the Chicago Section as a member and then Chair of their Scholarship Committee. 


B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign