George Hobor

Program Officer, Healthy Communities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

July 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care, has selected George Hobor as Program Officer for its Healthy Communities work. In this role, he will focus on advancing the Foundation’s efforts around leveraging data for action.

Hobor will help lead and advise on RWJF’s growing portfolio of work (highlighted by the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps and the recent 500 Cities Project) specific to developing, disseminating, and using local-area data to identify and address disparities and gaps in opportunity to ensure that all Americans have the same opportunities for better health. Hobor will leverage his strong understanding of the power of community information and analytics to help communities and partnerships drive local action, policy change, and community transformation.

Previously, Hobor was Director of Healthy Communities portfolio at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), where he led multi-sector research, programs, and policy work, and coalition-building aimed at increasing the health and well-being of Gulf communities. A sociologist with a systems-approach to problem-solving, George made the primary work of the Healthy Communities portfolio focused on building collaborative networks that educated organizations and community leaders on the use of data and the need for evidence-based approaches to program and policy development. Prior to LPHI, Hobor was a Senior Research Fellow at The Data Center in New Orleans, a leading member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (a project of the Urban Institute), and held Visiting Professorships at Colgate University and Hamilton College. He received his master’s in political science from Syracuse University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona.