Kelly Molzen is a secular Franciscan, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist working in public health, and tireless advocate of making connections between food, faith, and social justice. In addition to being a program manager for the Institute For Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH initiative, where she has worked since 2010, she is a co-convener of the Interfaith Public Health Network. She is also Professional Development Co-Chair with the Religion Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she is a member of the Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee of the USA Secular Franciscan Order.
Kelly was a 2015 Re:Generate Fellow with the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity. She received her Master’s of Public Health Degree from New York University and undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics from the University of Delaware. Kelly was recognized as part of Hunter College’s NYC Food Policy Center 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, and has also been privileged to be on the steering committee of the Center for Earth Ethics’ Faith + Food Coalition, which formed in early 2021 leading up to the UN Food Systems Summit.
1. Favorite food: Eggplant parmigiana.
2. Has met climate activists from around the world during Catholic and interfaith conferences in Kenya, Panama, and Rome.
3. Favorite sports to play growing up: softball and gymnastics.
4. Favorite recently read book: We Will Feast by Kendall Vanderslice.