Tracy Orleans, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer/Senior Scientist

FUNDING AREAS: Major causes of behavioral issues leading to preventable death, chronic diseases, childhood obesity, tobacco control

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PROFILE: Orleans is a senior program officer and senior scientists at the RWJ Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

As the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s senior program officer/senior scientist, C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, leads the Foundation's efforts to develop and disseminate science-based strategies for addressing the major behavioral causes of preventable death and chronic disease. Orleans also is the Foundation’s first distinguished fellow (2005-2009), a role in which she is developing innovative approaches for assuring that the Foundation's commitments in key goal areas, especially tobacco control and childhood obesity prevention, will have a broad and lasting impact. She oversees a current portfolio of more than $375 million in RWJF national programs and grants.

Recruited to the Foundation in 1996 as a national leader in tobacco control and health behavior change research and practice, Orleans focused through 1999 on expanding the Foundation's investments in policy-based approaches to tobacco cessation, and on defining the Foundation's strategy in health care system-based approaches to chronic disease management, as convener of both the Tobacco and Chronic Disease Management Working Groups, respectively. She then led the Foundation’s Health & Behavior Team, through 2004, in promoting the adoption nationally of healthy behaviors, including the team’s pioneering investments in “active living” policy and environmental approaches to physical activity promotion. She has led or co-led over a dozen research-based national programs (e.g., Addressing Tobacco in Health CareHelping Young Smokers Quit, the Substance Abuse Policy Research ProgramBridging the GapImproving Chronic Illness CareActive Living Research, and Healthy Eating Research) and has directed numerous external program evaluations.

Orleans describes working at the Foundation as “an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in trying to solve some of the country's most pressing health and health care problems—to do pioneering conceptual work, and at the same time to have impact populationwide, and to do so with extremely creative and committed colleagues inside and outside the Foundation.”

A clinical health psychologist, Orleans served as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2000, is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and was elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research in 1998 for her distinguished contributions in clinical health psychology and population health behavior change. She has been awarded the American Society of Preventive Oncology’s Joseph Cullen Tobacco Control Research Award, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Scientist Award and Distinguished Service Award, and the John Slade Tobacco Policy Leadership Award of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Orleans was the first behavioral scientist appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She has contributed to several Surgeon General’s Reports and co-edited the first medical text on the management of nicotine addiction. In 2005 she was recognized by the journal Tobacco Control as one of the 100 most widely cited authors in the field of tobacco control. She continues to serve on numerous journal editorial boards, national scientific panels and advisory groups (e.g., Institute of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Commission on Prevention Priorities, Legacy Foundation). She has been a principal investigator of many National Institutes of Health grants and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. She is especially pleased that her early innovative work in tobacco control and cessation programs continue to have wide impact in helping smokers quit, including the Johnson & Johnson worksite tobacco control program; “Free & Clear”, the first “proactive” telephone quitline; and pioneering programs for older adult smokers (“Clear Horizons”) and African American smokers (“Pathways to Freedom”).

Prior to joining the Foundation, Orleans served as vice president for research and development of Johnson & Johnson Applied Behavioral Technologies, full member and director of Tobacco Research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, research associate at the Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Policy Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and assistant professor of Medical Psychology/Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.

Orleans earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland with a clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center, and a BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College.

Orleans lives in Princeton with her husband, Jeffrey, executive director of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents. They have two sons, Jesse and Alexander. They are year-round baseball fans, readers, and visitors to New York City, and make family trips to North Carolina’s Outer Banks whenever they can, but not often enough.

Dwayne Proctor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Senior Adviser to the President

FUNDING AREAS: Childhood obesity, urban populations, research

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PROFILE: Dwayne Proctor used to head the national Healthy Weight for All Children directive at the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation (RWJF). Today, he is the senior adviser to the president. His foundation bio shares: 

Dwayne Proctor, PhD, senior adviser to the President and director, believes that the Foundation’s vision for building a Culture of Health presents a unique opportunity to achieve health equity by advancing and promoting innovative systems changes related to the social determinants of health.

Proctor came to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2002 as a senior communications and program officer, providing strategic guidance and resources for several child health and risk-prevention initiatives like the Nurse-Family PartnershipFree to Grow, Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol-Free, Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. In 2005, Proctor was tapped to lead RWJF’s national strategies to reverse the rise in childhood obesity rates. In this role, he worked with his colleagues to: (1) promote effective changes to public policies and industry practices; (2) test and demonstrate innovative community and school-based environmental changes; and (3) use both “grassroots” and “treetops” advocacy approaches to educate leaders on their roles in preventing childhood obesity. Proctor is known for his strategic collaborations, having worked on several cross-sector initiatives (e.g., Partnership for a Healthier America, the evaluation of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, ChildObesity 180) and national programs that focused on decreasing childhood obesity disparities gaps (e.g., Healthy Schools Program; Salud America!; Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities; Communities Creating Healthy Environments; National Policy and Legal Action Network; and Voices for Healthy Kids). In 2014, as multiple municipalities and states were reporting signs of progress in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, Proctor was reassigned to direct RWJF’s work to eliminate health disparities.

Before coming to the Foundation, Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he taught courses on health communication and marketing to multicultural populations. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Senegal, West Africa, his research team investigated how HIV/AIDS prevention messages raised awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. Proctor received his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communication science from the University of Connecticut. He is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and currently is the chairman of the board of trustees for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Katherine Hempstead, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Senior Adviser to the Executive Vice President

FUNDING AREAS: health insurance and health care for all

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PROFILE: Hempstead is a senior adviser to the executive vice president at the Johnson Foundation. Her foundatoin bio shares: 

Katherine Hempstead, PhD, senior adviser to the executive vice president, joined the Foundation in 2011. Since late 2013, Hempstead has directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on health insurance coverage. In addition, she works on issues related to health care price transparency and value.

Previously, Hempstead was director of the Center for Health Statistics in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as statistician/analyst in the Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and as an assistant research professor at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she currently holds a visiting faculty position. Hempstead also held positions at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and at Catholic University, in Washington D.C.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Born in New Jersey, Hempstead received a PhD in Demography and History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a BA in Economics and History.

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Anne Weiss, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and healthcare

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PROFILE: Before Anne Weiss joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999, this Detroit native by way of Harvard's Kennedy School, oversaw the indigent care program in New Jersey hospitals and directed the implementation of New Jersey's subsidized health-care program for the working uninsured. Her foundation bio shares: 

Anne F. Weiss, managing director, leads the Foundation’s efforts to build a Culture of Health by transforming health and health care systems.
Weiss joined the Foundation in 1999, after a distinguished career in health care policy at both the federal and state level. She served as senior assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, where she directed the state’s oversight of the quality of care delivered by health care providers and health plans, and was also responsible for the state’s hospital indigent care programs. She worked with physicians and hospitals throughout the state to issue New Jersey’s first report card on health care quality. Weiss also served as executive director of New Jersey’s blue-ribbon health reform panel, the Essential Health Services Commission, where she directed implementation of a subsidized health benefits program for the working uninsured.
Previously, Weiss spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., as professional staff to the United States Senate Committee on Finance and as a senior examiner with the Office of Management and Budget. She also has served as a program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, was a member of the steering committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy, and served on the board of the National Association of Health Data Organizations.
Weiss received her MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a BA in history and political science from Wellesley College.

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