As Managing Director of Client Insights, Theresa DelVecchio Dys provides leadership that enhances alignment of data needs and supports Feeding America and the network of food banks in collecting data to inform success toward meeting our strategic priorities. She has nearly two decades of experience working in research, data analytics and community health sciences.
Since joining the organization in 2011, Theresa has directed several research projects, including Hunger in America 2014—nationally recognized as the largest and most comprehensive study of charitable food distribution in the U.S. She has spearheaded the ideation, development and scaling of the Service Insights Initiative, which has grown from a small pilot to a strategic, network-wide initiative to glean deeper insights about the people receiving assistance from member food banks.
Prior to Feeding America, Theresa’s professional experience included overseeing research and advocacy initiatives at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and coordinating applied research studies focused on HIV/AIDS risk and prevention for youth and families at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research. Her expertise also includes coordinating grassroots efforts and lobbying at the state and federal levels. She successfully lobbied for several pieces of legislation, including a statewide Commission to End Hunger.
Theresa has served as a member of the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee and the Junior Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, holding several positions including co-president and vice chair.
Theresa has a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives with her husband and two children in Downers Grove, Illinois.