National WIC Association

2020 Winter Quarterly Board Meeting

January 14-January 17, 2020

Registration Closed

Meeting Information

NWA Board of Directors (BOD) meetings are held quarterly each year. These meetings are usually scehduled in May (Spring), July (Summer), October (Fall), and January (Winter). NWA is governed by a twenty-eight member Board of Directors comprised of 7 State Agency WIC Directors, 7 State Nutrition Coordinators, 7 Local Agency WIC Directors, a representative from the Indian & Native American WIC State Agencies, and six officers from within the WIC community. Please note that these meetings are for NWA Board of Directors and their alternates.

2019-2020 BOD Meeting Locations:
Spring 2019: Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel from April 7 - 10, 2019. - Last BOD meeting for the 2018-2019 session.
Summer 2019: San Francisco, CA at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel from July 16th - July 19th, 2019 - First BOD meeting for the 2019-2020 session.
Fall 2019: Chicago, IL at the Ambassaador hotel from October 15th - 18th, 2019
Winter 2020: Charleston, SC at the Hyatt Place + Hyatt House, January 14th - 17th, 2020
Spring 2020: New Orleans, LA at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, May 16th, 2020.

The 2020 Winter BoD meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place located in downtown Charleston, SC. the city of America's first museum, the Charleston Museum, founded in 1773.

                                                                                                 Photo from Charleston CVB web-site 

Photo from CharlestonCVB.comFounded in 1670, Charleston, South Carolina has over 300 years of remarkable history. Known for its Southern hospitality, elegant charm, cobblestone streets with well-preserved structures and unique culture, Charleston was named one of the Top Ten places to visit in North America by Cond' Nast Traveler Magazine. Once you spend some time there, you will easily see why! Here are some interesting facts about Charleston:

  • Population: Just over 100,000; the Tri-County Area boasts close to 555,000 residents.
  • Location: Charleston is about halfway between Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida along the Atlantic Coast. Charleston claims about 90 miles of Atlantic coastline and goes 50 miles inland.
  • Climate: Temperate to subtropical, the region has  about 230 days of sunshine each year and has an average daily temperature of 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • State Motto: South Carolina actually has two State Mottoes: 'Dum Spiro Spero' ('While I breathe I hope') and 'Animis Opibusque Parati ('Ready in Soul and Resource').
  • Busy Port: More than eight million tons of cargo pass through the Port of Charleston every year. It is the largest cargo port on the Southeast Atlantic coast.

To learn more about the historic city of Charleston, SC, please click on the following URL:

For this BoD meeting, ​​​​​please note that the Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 14th from 1:00 – 6:00 PM; board sections will meet on Wednesday, January 15th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon and the full board will meet in the afternoon from 1:30 – 6:00 PM. Please see the tentative agenda for Thursday and Friday's meeting times. In addition, our Business Council Partners will be joining the meeting on Thursday, January 16th. 

To assist you with your travel request and approval for this Winter BoD meeting, you may download the travel memo and tentative agenda. for submission to your agency's procurement or travel department. 


Travel Memo and Agenda

Click here to open and print a copy of the Travel Memo

Click here to open and print a copy of the Tentative Agenda

Hotel and Travel Information

This year's Board of Directors Winter Meeting will be held from Tuesday, January 14th - 17th, 2020 at the:

The Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District - Rated 4 1/2 Stars
560 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Res. #: 1-877-803-7534 - Ref. National WIC Association 2020 Board of Directors Meeting when calling
Main #: 1-843-414-4900

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

You may contact the hotel to make your room reservations effective today. All reservations must be confirmed by Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 before 5:00 PM local time at the hotel on the cut-off date. Please reference National WIC Association 2020 Winter Board of Directors Meeting when calling to get the negotiated room rate, which is the prevailing Federal Per Diem rate currently set at $166.00 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes of 14% single/double occupancy and is subject to change without notification. In addition, there is a $2.00 charge per room/per night taxable Destination Fee for Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

You may cancel your room reservations three (3) working days prior to your arrival date without penalty and a cancellation number provided. If reservations are cancelled within 3 working days prior to your arrival, your first night’s room deposit will not be refunded.  Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is at 11:00 a.m.

Access to the hotel is available from the Charleston International Airport (CHS). Airport transportation to and from the hotel is available by car rental, airport shuttle services, taxi, Uber or Lyft Ride Share services.

A travel memo and tentative agenda can be found on this web-site to assist you with your travel approval. A final agenda will be provided prior to the meeting.


Please do not hesitate to contact Pierre Francois at or by phone at 202-232-5492 ext. 271 with any questions you may have.

Purchase Carbon Offsets

Traveling to conferences and meetings takes a lot of time, energy and capital. It also takes a toll on the environment. A good way to help balance your travel carbon footprint is to purchase "carbon offsets."

Carbon offsets include actions taken to compensate for carbon emitting human energy use from travel by car, boat, train, or plane. The goal is to "offset" the environmental impact by supporting actions that help reduce carbon emissions.

To search for certified standards groups from whom you can purchase carbon offsets, visit The Gold Standard or Green-E. To calculate your carbon footprint and to learn more about carbon emissions, please visit the EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator website.

To learn more about how to purchase carbon offsets, you can read this article.