Patrilie Hernandez (she/they) is a Public Health Consultant with NACDD for the State Partnerships Improving Nutrition and Equity (SPINE) Program. She has more than 14 years of professional experience that has shaped her understanding of health and nutrition as not only individual pursuits, but how they seamlessly intersect with our built environment, equity, and social justice.
After initially working in the restaurant industry in both back and front of the house for more than five years, Patrilie redirected her love for food to nutrition education, anti-hunger advocacy, and policymaking around food access and food justice. Since then, Patrilie’s work in nutrition has broadened to address the other social determinants of health that influence individual and community well-being. Combining her academic background in culinary arts, anthropology, nonprofit management, and nutrition, Patrilie is also the founder and CEO of Embody Lib, an organization that seeks to partner with medical, health and wellness, and educational stakeholders in applying weight-inclusive and multi-dimensional frameworks that assist in improving the health of people of the global majority. In her spare time, she likes cooking for others, looking at the moon, and spending time with her fiancé and her chihuahua.