Malena Perdomo, MS, RD, CDE, is an affiliate professor of nutrition at MSU Denver. She’s a dietitian, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator and she also educates the Latino community on nutrition. She produces educational materials on general nutrition, diabetes and other consumer topics such as nutritional videos aimed at Latinos.
She is co-author of “Los Secretos de Maya,” a cookbook featuring health-conscious Latin flavors. Malena was the national Latino nutrition spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) from 2005 to 2011. She was also president of the Latino/Hispanic Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN) and was the star nutritionist for the LiveWell Colorado campaigns for Latinos. Previously, Perdomo worked as a clinical dietitian at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, a nutritionist for the WIC public health program and a nutrition consultant for children with special needs.
She graduated from Florida State University-Panama Canal Branch and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and earned a master’s degree in nutrition education from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.