Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is the first African-American woman to become president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to improving health care based on how it is received and paid for.
Under her leadership, the Foundation has developed several goals, including halting the rise in childhood obesity by 2015, covering the uninsured, and strengthening state and local public health systems.
Prior to joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2001 , Lavizzo-Mourey was the senior vice president and director of the Health Care group and the deputy administrator of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality in Washington, D.C.
Lavizzo-Mourey received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her medical degree from Harvard University Medical School and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Vision 2020 recognizes Lavizzo-Mourey for representing its National Goal of women in executive leadership positions.