Senior Program Officer, Healthy CommunitiesRobert Wood Johnson Foundation January 2017
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care, has selected Amy Gillman as Senior Program Officer for its Healthy Communities work. In this role, she will focus on community development and investment as a key strategy to advance RWJF’s efforts to build a national Culture of Health.
Gillman will draw on her extensive expertise in developing comprehensive approaches to neighborhood investment and revitalization that improve health and well-being in low-income urban and rural communities. She will join RWJF’s Healthy Communities body of work, which seeks to create the conditions for communities and their residents to reach their greatest health potential, particularly the most vulnerable. Led by Managing Director Abbey Cofsky, the Foundation’s Healthy Communities’ efforts focus on how local data, financing, and policy/practice change coupled with multi-sector community leadership can help build a Culture of Health across the country.
Previously, Gillman was the national program director for Community Health at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the country’s largest community development nonprofit, where she sought to integrate health and well-being into LISC’s neighborhood revitalization efforts. In this role Gillman directed national initiatives supporting cross-sector collaborations in local LISC sites, including a partnership with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to impact health through food access, housing, and mental health, and the expansion of green and healthy homes strategies with affordable housing owners. She also managed LISC’s healthy food financing portfolio, which leveraged over $100 million for grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other healthy food outlets. Gillman also served as the LISC National Program Director for Early Childhood Facilities, which has supported the development of more than 200 quality centers across the country. Prior to LISC, Gillman held several positions in social welfare policy and international community development in N.Y. and Washington, D.C. She has been a speaker on community development and health in forums nationwide. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in management from Yale University.