Senior Program Officer, Healthy CommunitiesRobert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care, has selected Aditi Vaidya as Senior Program Officer for its Healthy Communities work. In this role, she will focus on efforts to create the conditions that allow communities and all their residents to reach their greatest health potential, especially those facing the greatest challenges.
Vaidya brings over fifteen years of experience in a range of fields including philanthropy, legislative advocacy, community and worker organizing, and public health policy. She will help RWJF further partner with community base building organizations, policymakers, and businesses spanning planning, transportation and community development to healthcare, the arts, the environment, and education to find ways to identify, test and refine innovative solutions to improve health. Also serving as an external ambassador for the Foundation on health equity, she will help forge and deepen dynamic partnerships at the local and national level to achieve community-focused and community-driven change.
Previously, Vaidya was Senior Program Officer at the Solidago Foundation, a national foundation focused on promoting justice, equity, sustainability and enfranchisement, where she oversaw the Foundation’s economic justice portfolios. Prior to that she worked for the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) as Campaign Director promoting living wage and healthy jobs for workers at the Port of Oakland, and led the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. She currently serves on the Board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Asian Pacific Environmental Network Action and International Campaign for Responsible Technology. She is a member of the American Public Health Association Governing Council as well as the Advisory Boards of CorpWatch and the Story of Stuff. She has previously worked with the Jenifer Altman Foundation, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice and the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and was a past co-chair of the Saguaro Fund of the Funding Exchange. She earned a bachelor’s of science in Environmental Science and Policy Management from Bates College and a master’s in Public Health from Emory University.