After nearly 14 years at the helm, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, the first woman and the first African American to lead the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), announced today that she will step down once a successor is in place. Lavizzo-Mourey has served as president and CEO of the $10 billion private foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to health, since January 2003.
Under her leadership, RWJF has worked to advance the vision of building a Culture of Health, one that will enable everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
The vision emphasizes that health is an essential building block for personal fulfillment, thriving communities, equity, and a strong competitive nation.
Chairman of the RWJF Board of Trustees Roger Fine said, “Risa’s commitment to improving the health of this nation during her tenure as CEO is simply unparalleled, and she has led this Foundation with an extraordinary sense of purpose and passion. It is difficult to see her leave but we are fortunate that she will remain at the helm until a successor is in place,” he added. Korn Ferry will be assisting the Foundation in the search for its CEO.