The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today that Julie Morita, MD, the current commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has been named executive vice president, overseeing all programming, policy, research, and communications activities in support of its vision of building a Culture of Health in America in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.
For nearly two decades, Morita has helped to lead Chicago’s public health department, first as medical director, then as chief medical officer. In 2015, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her commissioner, overseeing some 600 employees and running a public health agency that serves the 2.7 million residents of the nation’s third-largest city.
“I am thrilled to have Julie join us at RWJF in the pivotal role of executive vice president,” said RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser. “Her many accomplishments in a complex, big city environment like Chicago speak to her abilities as both a dedicated public health advocate and a smart and sensitive leader of people.”