Katrina Badger, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014, brings her experience in government contracting and the community-based nonprofit sector to her work helping to expand equal opportunities for the highest possible standard of health for everyone in the United States. Praising the Foundation’s vision for building a Culture of Health, and inspired by the opportunity to make a focused difference in the lives of people with greatest needs, she is committed to finding innovative solutions from around the world to reach this vision and achieving health equity.
Previously a senior associate at Grant Thornton, Badger led a team supporting the Defense Health Board, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense that provides independent advice and recommendations on health programs, policy, and research. This work also included strategic development of a large-scale evaluation initiative for psychological health programs across the Department of Defense.
Badger served as a neighborhood liaison with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement in New Orleans and was director of operations for REACH NOLA, a New Orleans nonprofit, developing and implementing innovative programs that improve equity in access to quality care for people with limited English proficiency and their families.
Badger earned her MPH and MSW from Tulane University and a BA in Anthropology from Howard University. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Mahidol University and Chiang Mai University in Thailand, where she conducted qualitative research with HIV positive lay health workers on stigma, community prevention education, treatment, and care.
A native of Ohio, she now resides in Yardley, Pa. She enjoys hiking, good conversation with old friends and new acquaintances, and exploring new places across the United States and abroad.