Katy Tomaino Fraser

Director of Evaluation

Degree Info

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. Registered Dietitian (RD);  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / Sodexo Dietetic Internship, Allentown, PA. Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religion;  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ


Katy Tomaino Fraser is a specialist in nutrition evaluation with a decade of experience developing and evaluating clinical, community-based, and large-scale public health interventions as well as local, state and federal food policy. Fraser coordinates the Institute’s portfolio of evaluation work, including evaluations of food access and security programming at NYC organizations such as GrowNYC, West Side Campaign Against Hunger, City Harvest, and others. Fraser led the Institute’s Community Food Evaluation Workshop, an effort to increase evaluation capacity at community food organizations through trainings, technical assistance in evaluation. Fraser’s recent projects include an evaluation of an online grocery shopping program in the Mississippi Delta, research on NYC food workers, environmental scan of predatory marketing in NYC, and analysis of the impact of COVID-19 policy on food benefit access and food security. Fraser was named to the 40 under 40: The Rising Stars in NYC Food Policy Class of 2021.


What we can learn from U.S. food policy response to crises of the last 20 years – Lessons for the COVID-19 era: A scoping review. Fraser KT, Shapiro S, Willingham C, Tavarez E, Berg J, and Freudenberg N. Available online 11 November 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100952

Online Grocery Shopping by NYC Public Housing Residents Using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits: A Service Ecosystems Perspective. Cohen N, Fraser KT, et al. Sustainability, 2020. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114694

Risk Factors for Physical Inactivity Among Children With and Without Asthma Living in Peri-Urban Communities of Lima, Peru. Namburar S, Checkley W, Flores-Flores O, Romero KM, Fraser KT,  Hansel NN, Pollard SL. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0553

Association between serum 25-Hyrdoxy Vitamin D levels and blood pressure among adolescents in two resource limited settings in Peru. Tomaino K, et al. American Journal of Hypertension, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpu264

Moderate weight loss in obese and overweight men preserves bone quality. Pop LC, Sukumar D, Tomaino K, et al. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.114.088534

Towards a NYC COVID-19 Food Response in 2021. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy, and The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2021.

New York Food 20/20: Vision, Research, and Recommendations During COVID-19 and Beyond. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy, and The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2020.

Cohen N & Fraser KT. Farms at NYCHA: Final Report. New York, NY, USA: CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2019

Cohen N & Fraser KT. Farms at NYCHA: Interim Progress Report II. New York, NY, USA: CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2019. 

Fraser KT, Berg J, Dickinson M, Lamberson P, Ledda J, Poppendieck J and Freudenberg N. How to reduce hunger and food insecurity at colleges serving low-income students in New York State: The benefits of expanding student enrollment in SNAP. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, New York, 2021.

Fraser KT, Pereira J, Poppendieck J, Tavarez E, Berg J, and Freudenberg N. Pandemic EBT in New York State: Lessons from the 2019-2020 Academic Year and Recommendations for 2020-2021 and Beyond. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Hunger Free America, New York, 2021.

Freudenberg N, Fraser KT, and Ng Y. Time for a Reset for New York City Food Policy; Here’s 6 Key Steps. Gotham Gazette. August 13, 2021. https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/10703-reset-new-york-city-food-policy-six-key-steps