Mara Galic


Mara Galic, MHSc, RD

Program Manager, Building Resilient Inclusive Communities

As Program Manager of the Building Resilient Inclusive Communities project, Mara Galic brings more than two decades of public health experience at the federal, state, and local government and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining NACDD, Mara served as Director of Operations and Evaluation and Interim Executive Director with BlazeSports America, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on improving access to adaptive sport and physical activity opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and veterans with physical disabilities. In this role, Mara served for 12 years as lead grant writer and grants manager of all grants, including federal and state government grants. She oversaw BlazeSports’ evaluation and monitoring systems across all programs and led the strategic direction of the organization.

Before working with BlazeSports, Mara worked at Georgia’s State Health Department for five years where she successfully built and managed a five-year, $2.5 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focusing on policy and environmental change strategy in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention in collaboration with partners from all sectors across the state. She then served as Health Scientist with the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, specializing in nutrition and obesity prevention among youth and the school environment.

Mara has worked in government, community, and private sectors in the city of Toronto, developing, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and policies.

She is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in public health/community nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. Mara was born and raised in Toronto but has called Mableton, Ga., home since 2002. In her spare time, Mara enjoys gardening, trying new recipes, knitting, and staying active with her husband and son.




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