Staff Bio – Courtney Gaine


Courtney Gaine, Ph.D., R.D.

President and CEO

Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, is the President and CEO for the Sugar Association in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment in January 2016, Dr. Gaine served as the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the Association. Dr. Gaine previously served as senior science program manager at The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America), a public, non-profit scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. Prior to ILSI, Dr. Gaine held positions of project director, nutrition and wellness, at the non-profit organization Convergence and as a science manager at FoodMinds, a public relations firm. She began her career in academia as an assistant professor at East Carolina University.

A native Washingtonian, Dr. Gaine obtained her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and biochemistry and bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut, where she was also a co-captain of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team.