I am an Institute fellow working with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Health Policy Center. I am currently developing the Urban Institute’s American Transformation project, which will look at the implications—and possibilities—of this country’s racial and ethnic evolution. I was formerly the President and CEO of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), a Washington DC-based national organization that advises, informs, and supports the work of health foundations and corporate giving programs. My career bridges research, practice, and social and health policy. Prior to GIH, I held leadership positions at the National Academies (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine), U.S. Department of State, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation. I have a doctorate in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and am the author of numerous professional articles and two books, Hoodoo Medicine, a groundbreaking study of Black folk medicine, and The Book of Secrets, Part 1, a partially true supernatural thriller.
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