Meet Our Experts

Making sure we’re meeting the changing health needs of our customers means developing menu items wisely. McDonald’s turns to our directors of nutrition for their expertise.

Meet our Experts

Dr. Cynthia Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition


Cindy Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition for McDonald's USA, develops plans that align with McDonald's U.S. food and nutrition strategy, provides nutritional science expertise, and oversees McDonald’s nutritional information development and communication processes.

Prior to joining McDonald’s USA, Goody served as a retail and clinical dietitian for HY-VEE Food Stores, Inc. Similarly, she has provided diabetes care and education in several domestic and international settings.

A registered and licensed dietitian, Goody has also been actively involved in multiple groups of the American Dietetic Association and is the author and editor of Cultural Food Practices, a professional reference published by the Association. She has also served as a faculty member for the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Goody holds a Ph.D. and MBA from The University of Iowa and a M.S. and B.S. from Iowa State University.

Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition


Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition at McDonald’s, is responsible for the integration of nutrition science into the development of the many new and exciting menu choices.  In this role, Julia works closely with a variety of food and nutrition teams to evolve core and new menu choices for nutritionally-minded generations. She also plays a significant role in the interpretation and compliance of nutrition legislation throughout the menu.

Julia is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Before working for McDonald’s, Julia served as a research coordinator at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Previously, she held several positions in the quality assurance and nutrition fields.