Debbie Chang, M.P.H., is the vice president of policy and prevention at the Nemours Foundation, where she is leveraging expertise and innovating to spread what works through national policy and practice changes with the goal of affecting the health and well-being of children nationwide. She serves as a corporate officer of Nemours, an operating foundation that is focused on children’s health and health care. Previously at Nemours, Ms. Chang was the founding executive director of Nemours Health & Prevention Services, an operating division devoted to improving children’s health through a comprehensive multi-sector, place-based model in Delaware. Strategic initiatives include spreading and scaling Nemours’ early care and education learning collaborative approach to obesity prevention through an up-to-$20-million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); working with federal partners on integrating population health and clinical care and providing strategic direction on Nemours’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Health Care Innovation Challenge award that integrates population health and the medical home for children with asthma in three primary care pilot sites in Delaware; and collaborating with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign on Let’s Move! Child Care, a website that Nemours created and hosts. Ms. Chang has more than 26 years of federal and state government and private sector experience in the health field. She has worked on a range of key health programs and issues including Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicare, maternal and child health, national health care reform, and
financing coverage for the uninsured. She has held the following federal and state positions: deputy secretary of health care financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with oversight for the state of Maryland’s Medicaid program and the Maryland Children’s Health Program; national director of SCHIP when it was first implemented in 1997; director of the Office of Legislation and Policy for the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services); and senior health policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr., former chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health for Families and the Uninsured. She serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Children, Youth, and Families and on the IOM roundtables on Population Health Improvement and on Obesity Solutions; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care Innovation Exchange Board; the Winter Park Health Foundation Board; and the University of Michigan Griffith Leadership Center Board. She has published work on population health, child health systems transformation, Medicaid, SCHIP, and Nemours’ prevention-oriented health system, including its CDC Pioneering Innovation Award–winning statewide childhood obesity program. Nemours is a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the National Convergence Partnership, a unique collaboration of leading foundations focused on healthy people and healthy places. Ms. Chang holds a master’s degree in public health policy and administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman, M.P.H., is the director of environmental health at West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT). Prior to joining the WE ACT team, Ms. Dotson-Newman worked at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health as a research associate and instructor. Born and raised in California to a family of community organizers and environmental activists, she learned at an early age the strong link between health and the environment. Her strong passion for linking social justice and science led to an undergraduate degree in environmental science. She holds an M.P.H. with an emphasis on environmental health.
Ashley Forman, the director of education at Arena Stage, is in her 12th season in the Community Engagement Department and is responsible for the design and development of Voices of Now. She has been asked to present on the Voices of Now model at multiple conferences and trainings, including at the American Alliance for Theater in Education, the Youth Theater Network, the Kennedy Center, the Intersections Festival, and the International Youth Theater Conference. Ms. Forman has trained
a variety of practitioners in some of the Voices of Now techniques, including Arena Stage teaching artists, teachers in the Washington, DC, public school system, medical professionals at Montgomery County Health and Human Services, cultural attaches at the U.S. Department of State, and teachers from the Fairfax County public schools. In the past 3 years, she also led the Community Engagement Department in taking the Voices of Now program to Croatia, India, and Peru. Ms. Forman graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in theater, with a concentration in directing, and a minor in child development. She also spearheads Arena Stage’s preschool literacy program and oversees the lesson planning for all continuing education programs.
Cheryl Healton, Dr.P.H., is the director of the New York University (NYU) Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), is the dean of global public health, and holds an academic appointment as a professor of public health at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In her capacity as director, she is responsible for building GIPH’s academic, service, and research programs in collaboration with partners at NYU and throughout the public health community. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Healton was the first president and chief executive officer of Legacy, the foundation created by the Master Settlement Agreement between the states’ Attorneys General and the tobacco industry. In this role she worked to further the foundation’s ambitious mission: to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. During her tenure with the foundation, she has guided the highly acclaimed, national youth tobacco prevention counter-marketing campaign, truth®, which has been credited in part with reducing youth smoking prevalence to near record lows. Dr. Healton holds a doctorate from Columbia University’s School of Public Health (with distinction) and a master’s degree in public administration from NYU Wagner in health policy and planning. She is also an active member of the broader public health community, serving on several boards, including currently the National Board of Public Health Examiners (treasurer), the Betty Ford Institute, the Lung Cancer Alliance, and Phoenix House. Dr. Healton is a thought-provoking public speaker and has given presentations around the world. She is a frequent commentator on national and local broadcasts and print news coverage of tobacco control issues, appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Larry King Live, NBC’s Today, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Public Radio, and more.
Daniel Herman, Ph.D., is a professor and the associate dean for scholarship and research at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is a member of the doctoral faculty of the School of Public
Health of the City University of New York. Dr. Herman’s work focuses primarily on the development, testing, and dissemination of community-based interventions for persons with severe mental illness. He directs the Center for the Advancement of Critical Time Intervention (CTI), a time-limited psychosocial intervention designed to prevent recurrent homelessness and other adverse outcomes among persons with mental illness following discharge from institutional care. Listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, which is compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, CTI was recently recognized as meeting the Congressional “top-tier” evidence standard devised by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and assessed by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. The model is currently being implemented throughout the United States and in Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Dr. Herman is a former vice president and program chair of the Society for Social Work and Research and is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Before joining Hunter College, he was on the faculty of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health (epidemiology) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (psychiatry). He began his research career after a dozen years working as a social worker in New York City’s public mental health and homeless services systems. Dr. Herman holds a Ph.D. in social welfare and a master’s degree in epidemiology, both from Columbia University.
Sally Herndon, M.P.H., is the director of North Carolina’s Tobacco Control Network and the head of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the Division of Public Health in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She has been a leader in North Carolina’s public health efforts in tobacco prevention and control since 1991. Ms. Herndon helped build support for the 2010 North Carolina law that made all restaurants and bars in the state smoke free, and she was able to work with state and local partners to successfully implement the new law. Ms. Herndon is the chair-elect of the Tobacco Control Network. Previously, Ms. Herndon worked in health promotion and disease prevention in Maine from 1980 to 1986. She has an M.P.H. from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina. She was also a fellow at North Carolina State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Advocacy Institute Leadership Program.
Linda Kaufman, M.Div., is the national movement manager for Community Solutions’ Zero: 2016 work. This nationwide initiative has a goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. She coordinates recruitment efforts. Ms. Kaufman has worked in homeless services
in the District of Columbia since the mid-1980s, most recently as chief operating officer of Pathways to Housing DC. She was also the director of homeless services at the Downtown Business Improvement District and served as the director of adult services for the DC Department of Mental Health. In addition to her work to end homelessness, she is also involved in other issues of social justice in the District. Ms. Kaufman received a master’s of divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary, and she is ordained as an Episcopal priest. She ministers at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
Steven H. Kelder, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the co-director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and the Beth Toby Grossman Distinguished Professor in Spirituality and Healing at the University of Texas’s School of Public Health. He has more than 20 years of experience in the design and evaluation of child and adolescent research, particularly interventions directed toward youth, schools, and parents. Recently, his emphasis has been on interventions designed for the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, obesity prevention, and substance use prevention. Dr. Kelder is one of the lead investigators for Coordinated Approach to Child Health, or CATCH, a research-based program that guides schools, families, and children in the process of being healthy, reaching more than 1 million Texas children. Dr. Kelder served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, which published its report in May 2012 in conjunction with an HBO documentary special, Weight of the Nation, on obesity in America.
Brian King, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a senior scientific advisor in the Office on Smoking and Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, he is responsible for providing scientific leadership and technical expertise related to multiple aspects of tobacco prevention and control. Dr. King joined CDC in 2010 as an epidemic intelligence service officer, before which he worked as a research affiliate in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. During his time at Roswell Park, his primary research focus related to tobacco prevention and control, particularly the evaluation of secondhand smoke exposure and smoke-free policies in indoor environments. Dr. King has worked for nearly 10 years to provide sound scientific evidence to inform tobacco control policy and to effectively communicate this information to key stakeholders, including decision makers, the media, and the general public. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles pertaining to tobacco prevention and control, was a contributing author to the 50th
anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, and was the lead author of CDC’s 2014 update to the evidence-based state guide, Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. Dr. King holds a Ph.D. and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Michelle Larkin, J.D., M.S., R.N., is an assistant vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the deputy director for the foundation’s health group, where she helps to shape the foundation’s strategies and policies. She views her role as one of “contributing to the foundation’s intellectual and organizational development, and managing program operations to ensure that we meet RWJF’s goals of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, driving fundamental improvements in the nation’s public health system, and addressing the needs of the country’s most vulnerable populations.” Ms. Larkin also co-leads the foundation’s major initiative on public health law. In this capacity she strives to establish effective public health laws, regulations, and policies; to enhance the public health law infrastructure to support practitioners, advocates, and their legal counsel in improving health; and to promote the use of law in fields that affect health. In supporting the foundation’s commitment to tackling some of the nation’s toughest health and health care problems through evidence and policy, Ms. Larkin seeks to fulfill the promise she made to herself early in her career: “to create a positive impact on the lives of many and make it easier for people to live healthier lives.” Previously, Ms. Larkin directed the foundation’s public health team in its work to improve federal, state, and local public health systems, to build the evidence for effective public health practice and policy, and to advocate for the use of law and policy to improve health. From 2003 through 2006, she co-led the foundation’s tobacco team, promoting increased tobacco excise taxes, state and local smoke-free air laws, and funding for tobacco prevention and treatment. She has also worked on the foundation’s key areas of nursing, leadership development, and end-of-life care. Before joining the foundation, Ms. Larkin worked as a health policy analyst at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington, DC, developing and analyzing policy proposals related to state, national, and international tobacco prevention and control and contributing to the development of Healthy People 2020. She served as a Presidential Management Fellow, working as a policy analyst at CDC and as a legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Previously, she was an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, M.P.H., is the vice president of the New York State Health Foundation. She serves as an advisor to the president and chief executive officer and has a central role in developing the foundation’s program areas, identifying emerging opportunities and strategic niches, building partnerships with other foundations, ensuring quality and accountability, and evaluating the performance of programs and grantees. Ms. Martinez Garcel provides leadership and guidance to two priority areas: improving health care for people with diabetes, and integrating mental health and substance use services. She also has a special interest in the strategic and creative development of leadership and capacity-building programs with community-based organizations throughout the state. Ms. Martinez Garcel has more than 10 years of experience in managing and developing community-based health programs for medically underserved communities throughout New York City. She previously served as the program director for the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative at Columbia University’s Center for Community Health Partnerships, where she implemented and evaluated health programs. Ms. Martinez Garcel was a research associate for the City University of New York Medical School, where she conducted an analysis of peer-reviewed literature on racial and ethnic disparities in diagnosis and treatment in the U.S. health care system. She was also a program manager for Alianza Dominicana, Inc.; a National Institutes of Health fellow for the Department of Public Health in the City of Merida in Yucatan, Mexico; and an assistant coordinator for Beginning with Children, a Brooklyn-based charter school. Ms. Martinez Garcel holds a master of public health degree from Columbia University and a bachelor of science degree in human development from Cornell University. She has served as a adjunct professor of sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a board director of the Institute for Civic Leadership, and a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness–New York City Metro.
M. Rashad Massoud, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., is a physician and public health specialist internationally recognized for his leadership in global health care improvement. He is the director of the Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a senior vice president at the Quality and Performance Institute at University Research Co., LLC (URC), where he has led URC’s quality improvement efforts in more than 40 countries. Dr. Massoud pioneered the application of collaborative improvement methodology in several middle- and low-income countries. He helped develop the World Health Organization strategy for the design and scale up of antiretroviral therapy to meet the “3 by 5” target, and he was
involved in large-scale improvement in the Russian Federation, improving rehabilitation care in Vietnam, developing the Policy and Regulatory Framework for the Agency for Accreditation and Quality Improvement in the Republic of Srpska, and developing plans for the rationalization of health services in Uzbekistan. He founded and led the Palestinian health care quality improvement effort for several years. He was a founding member and chairman of the Quality Management Program for Health Care Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa, which helped improve health care in five participating Middle East countries. Dr. Massoud chaired the April 2012 Salzburg Seminar, Making Health Care Better in Low- and Middle-Income Economies: What Are the Next Steps and How Do We Get There? Dr. Massoud speaks English, Arabic, Russian, and French.
Joe McCannon is a co-founder and principal of the Billions Institute, a nonprofit organization that helps successful local initiatives expand broadly and rapidly. He is also currently a consultant to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was the former senior advisor to the administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At CMS he helped to introduce major pieces of the President’s Affordable Care Act legislation, including the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and several national programs. Before joining CMS, he was a vice president and faculty on large-scale improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where he led the organization’s collaboration with the World Health Organization on the 3 by 5 Initiative and directed its major domestic initiatives to improve patient safety, the 100,000 Lives Campaign, and the 5 Million Lives Campaign. He has advised or consulted with other large-scale quality improvement efforts in the Canada, Denmark, England, Japan, and United States. He has also been involved with large-scale initiatives outside health care in areas, including homelessness and corrections. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Reuters and Merck Fellow at Stanford University.
Anita McGahan, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the associate dean of research, the Ph.D. director, a professor, and the Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs, is a senior associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University, and is the chief economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. In 2013 she was elected by the Academy of Management’s membership to the board of governors and into the presidency rotation. In 2014 she joined the MacArthur Foundation
Research Network on Opening Governance. Her credits include 2 books and more than 100 articles, case studies, notes, and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. Dr. McGahan’s current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. She is also pursuing a longstanding interest in the inception of new industries. Her recent work emphasizes innovation in the governance of technology to improve global health. Dr. McGahan has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development. In 2010 she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s Irwin Distinguished Educator Award, and in 2012 the Academy conferred on McGahan its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of business schools.
Fareed Mostoufi, M.A., the community and training programs manager at Arena Stage, is in his fourth season working as a director and educator in the Community Engagement Department. Mr. Mostoufi joined Arena Stage after teaching English as a second language and Spanish for 2 years in the District of Columbia public schools as member of the 2010 Teach for America Corps, through which he earned an M.A. in teaching from American University. As a recipient of a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina, Mr. Mostoufi shadowed local devised theater companies in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, while teaching culture, literature, and playwriting at a local teacher’s college. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education there, he created the workshop Drama Techniques for English Language Learners, which applied theater games to English language learning and was presented to more than 400 public school teachers throughout the Tucuman province. Mr. Mostoufi received his B.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University in 2008.
Jeannette Noltenius, Ph.D., is the former national director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network. She is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of Latino and minority health and as an expert in tobacco, alcohol, and other drug policy issues. An immigrant from El Salvador, she obtained a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from Antioch College in Keene, New Hampshire, and then a master’s in economics and a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Paris 1, Sorbonne, in France. Dr. Noltenius has worked in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, and Honduras. She speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Noltenius is an independent consultant based in Washington, DC. She provides technical assistance, training, and strategic planning services on health and health care policy issues to clients nation-
ally and internationally. She has worked at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization working on health planning, environmental health, violence prevention, and health promotion. She has also worked in community mental health settings utilizing psychodrama with children and families and at a psychiatric hospital addressing substance abuse and mental health issues. Dr. Noltenius is a member of the Board of the North American Quitline Consortium and several other boards. She is a founding member of the Out of Many, One, a multicultural coalition working on a common agenda to achieve equity in health and health care in communities of color.
Wynne E. Norton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on advancing the science of implementation of evidence-based practices and programs in health care and public health settings; she has received funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, and the Donaghue Foundation. Dr. Norton routinely lectures on implementation science and scale up/spread to a variety of research, practice, and policy audiences. In 2010 she co-chaired a conference to advance the science and practice of scale up and spread in health care and public health in Washington, DC. Dr. Norton received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut and completed a 2-year fellowship in the NIH/VA-funded Implementation Research Institute at the Washington University in St. Louis.
Mary Pittman, Dr.P.H., is the president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Institute (PHI). A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people, and promoting quality of care, Dr. Pittman assumed the reins at PHI in 2008, becoming the organization’s second president and chief executive officer since its founding in 1964. Her primary focus has been guiding the development of a strategic plan that builds on existing PHI program strengths to achieve greater impact on public policy and practice in public health. “In a changing environment, strategic planning is an ongoing process, not an end product,” she said. Dr. Pittman’s overarching goal is for PHI to become known for leadership in creating healthier communities. To this end, PHI continues to work closely with the state on many programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. What’s more, she advocates that all PHI projects take the social determinants of health into account to better address health disparities and inequities. Under Dr. Pittman’s leadership, PHI has emphasized support for the
Affordable Care Act and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the integration of new technologies, and the expansion of global health programming. Other top priorities are increasing advocacy for public policy and health reform and addressing health workforce shortages and the impacts of climate change on public health. Under Dr. Pittman, PHI has created Dialogue4Health.com, the online platform for conferencing and social networking and has been recognized as a preferred place to work. She strives for PHI’s independent investigators to work together to achieve a synergy in which the sum of their contributions is greater than the whole. Dr. Pittman has deep, varied, and multi-sectoral experience in local public health, research, education, and hospitals. Before joining PHI, Dr. Pittman headed the Health Research and Educational Trust, a Chicago-based affiliate of the American Hospital Association, from 1993 to 2007. Previously, she was president and chief executive officer of the California Association of Public Hospitals and a director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. Pittman has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and two books. She has served on the PHI board of directors since 1996. Dr. Pittman also serves on numerous boards and committees, including the World Health Organization’s Health Worker Migration Global Policy Advisory Council and the National Patient Safety Foundation’s board of governors.
Jennifer J. Raab, J.D., M.P.A., is the 13th president of Hunter College, the largest college of the City University of New York (CUNY). Since assuming the presidency in 2001, she has led a successful effort to enlarge the faculty and recruit distinguished professors and artists. Standards throughout the college have been raised, and fiscal management has been modernized and strengthened. Entering SAT scores increased by 89 points in just 7 years and are now 137 points above the national average. Hunter has won new levels of government awards, private grants, and philanthropic contributions and has launched the first capital campaign in its history. Since her tenure began in 2001, President Raab has been responsible for more than $152 million in philanthropic support to Hunter College. Major changes include the renovation and reopening of the historic Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt House, which is now the Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and the construction of a $131 million home in East Harlem for Hunter’s renowned School of Social Work that also houses the new CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. The reforms and improvements are reflected in Hunter’s rising national standing. The Princeton Review has ranked it among the top 10 best value public colleges in the nation for 3 consecutive years. In U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings for 2012, Hunter placed seventh among the top 10 public regional universities in the north, and Hunter
has moved up 18 positions in just 4 years to No. 34 among all regional universities (public and private) in the north. Hunter is one of only seven colleges in the nation to be awarded an “A” by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a study measuring the breadth of undergraduate core requirements. President Raab’s role as an educational leader continues her long career in public service, from lawyer to political campaign adviser to government official. Her career in government began in 1979, when she became special projects manager for the South Bronx Development Organization, an agency that played a critical role in the renewal of one of the city’s most distressed areas, and she was later named director of public affairs for the New York City Planning Commission. President Raab went on to become a litigator at two of the nation’s most prestigious law firms—Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Quickly earning a reputation as a strong but fair advocate, she was appointed chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, a post she held from 1994 to 2001. She was known for her effective and innovative leadership of the agency that protects and preserves the city’s historic structures and architectural heritage. In a 1997 profile, the New York Times’ David Dunlap said she had “developed some untraditional ideas about who belongs to the preservation community,” adding that the changes—which could have been made “only by an outsider”—had greatly reduced the city’s historic battling over preservation. Crain’s New York Business named her as 1 of New York’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business” in 2007 and 1 of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” in 2009 and 2011. She has been honored by many New York and national organizations, including the Martina Arroyo Foundation, United Way, the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, and the League of Women Voters of New York. Long active in civic and national affairs, President Raab is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of The After School Corporation and on the steering committee of the Association for a Better New York. She was appointed a member of the 2004–2005 New York City Charter Revision Commission by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A graduate of Hunter College High School, President Raab is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University, holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. Harvard has named her to the Law School Visiting Committee, which reports to the University Board of Overseers. President Raab is the 2012 recipient of Albany Law School’s Miriam M. Netter Award, which is awarded annually to the school’s Kate Stoneman Day keynote speaker, in honor of Stoneman’s lifelong commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.
Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., is the director of the population and preventive health models group at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where he oversees the development of large pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s health care costs and quality. Recently, he was the Richard Merkin Fellow and a managing director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, where he directed efforts to better engage clinicians in health care payment and delivery reform. Dr. Sanghavi is also an associate professor of pediatrics and the former chief of pediatric cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was charged with clinical and research programs dedicated to children’s heart defects. An award-winning medical educator, he also has worked in medical settings around the world and published dozens of scientific papers on topics ranging from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission patterns in Peruvian slums. A frequent guest on NBC’s Today and past commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, Dr. Sanghavi is a contributing editor to Parents magazine and Slate’s health care columnist, and he often writes about health care for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His best-seller, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body, was named a best health book of the year by the Wall Street Journal. He speaks widely on medical issues at national conferences, advises federal and state health departments, and is a former visiting media fellow of the Kaiser Family Foundation and a winner of the Wharton Business Plan Competition. He previously worked for several years as a U.S. Indian Health Service pediatrician on a Navajo reservation.