Andrea Daitz, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2003, brings her communications’ expertise and her extensive background in nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors to help the Foundation invest in the next generation of health-focused leaders. As she puts it: “We want to identify leaders with the potential to transform our nation’s health, and provide them with the support they need to realize their promise.”
Daitz employs her expertise in program development and communications with the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, a free, six-week academic enrichment program for undergraduate college students from underrepresented minority groups, rural areas, and economically-disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing health professions careers. She co-leads the RWJF Human Capital Network, which creates connections between and among participants in RWJF scholars, fellows, and leadership programs. She also works on projects that address current and future workforce needs in primary care, oral health, and public health nursing. Her past work also includes the Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care program. This effort supported projects that developed the skills of direct health care workers.
Previously, Daitz worked in the RWJF’s communications department, where she responded to media inquiries, coordinated executive speaking engagements, drafted news releases, and counseled grantees on their outreach efforts.
Before joining the Foundation, Daitz managed community relations and special projects in the office of the dean of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Earlier, she served in the communications office of the New Jersey State General Assembly serving as a spokesperson for 32 members, and held other positions in health care marketing, communications, and public relations.
Daitz earned an MA in human services administration from Rider University and a BA in communications and marketing from Temple University. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership New Jersey. She was also a decade-long mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County and the 2007 recipient of the agency’s Big Sister of the Year Award.
Born in New Jersey, Daitz resides in Robbinsville, N.J.