Norah Deluhery founded Deluhery Strategies to work at the intersection of politics, advocacy and grassroots community organizing, focusing on food, nutrition and hunger, health and wellness, and LGBTQ and faith communities. She is a veteran of US food and agriculture policy, having served eight years in the Obama Administration as a senior leader at the Department of Agriculture and the White House. She directed the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at USDA with a mission to connect both secular and faith-based organizations to government resources to aid underserved communities across America. She spearheaded strategies to engage national faith-based and non-profit organizations to improve the health and wellness of children, with the goal of decreasing childhood hunger and alleviating poverty in rural America. She created new strategies to expand administration engagement with the LGBTQ community. In addition, she directed outreach efforts around the Health Insurance Marketplaces in rural America.
In 2012, Deluhery completed a detail to the White House as Policy Advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to end childhood obesity in a generation. In that capacity, Deluhery expanded outreach to local and national stakeholders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to working at the White House, Deluhery served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the USDA, which promotes the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting science-based dietary guidance and administering USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs. FNCS programs seek to end hunger in the United States and provide nutrition assistance as well as federal dietary guidance, nutrition policy coordination, and nutrition education.