Karla Dumas, RDN, LDN
Senior Manager / Humane Society of the United States
Karla Dumas is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist. She is currently a Senior Manager with Forward Food, a program of The Humane Society of the United States. Dumas works daily to support school districts, early childcare programs, and other large dining operations across the country implement various plant-based initiatives. With over ten years of experience working in the field of child nutrition and school food service management, she has partnered with foodservice programs throughout the country, like Miami-Dade Public Schools and Hillsborough County Public Schools and KinderCare Education to implement plant-strong initiatives.
By developing resources like menu cycles and kid-tested, school-approved plant-based recipes that meet federal guidelines along with offering culinary workshops for school food service professionals, she continues to support school districts and other institutions with more plant-based meal options. Karla has presented on the topic of plant-strong initiatives at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference, the National Child & Adult Food Care Program Conference, along with state School Nutrition Association conferences in California, Florida and Texas. Her mission is to influence and help provide a more nutritious, sustainable, and humane food system for this country’s future: our children.
Dumas received her plant-based culinary certification through Rouxbe cooking school. She currently serves as the secretary for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Karla’s work in nutrition has been featured in numerous media outlets, such as Tampa Tribune, Today’s Dietitian, and the Miami Herald. Karla lives in Florida with her husband, stepdaughter, eight dogs and two chickens. In her free time, she enjoys camping, gardening and running Ragnar Relay races.