October 29, 2012

Robert Wood Johnson Steps Up Public-Policy Influence

In an effort to educate lawmakers about health issues, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week announced that it has appointed David Colby as its first vice president for public policy.

Mr. Colby currently leads the foundation's research and evaluation work. He spent nine years in federal government before joining Robert Wood Johnson.

“David’s experience in both the federal government and academic sectors make him uniquely qualified to lead our representation on important matters of public policy,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the philanthropy's president, in a statement. "He will significantly enhance our presence in Washington.”

Mr. Colby will split his time between Washington and the foundation's headquarters in New Jersey. His responsibilities will include sharing with politicians the foundation's research on health care, in an effort to influence how government designs research projects and health policies.

Mr. Colby said he's also eager to relay the needs for future health research from Washington back to his colleagues.

The work, he said in a statement, would be a "two-way street."

Dig deeper: See more about Mr. Colby and other foundation evaluators in a series from The Chronicle.

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