Sallie Anne George, MPH, is a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she works in several key areas to support the Foundation’s public health and leadership efforts in communities nationwide. Specifically, she contributes to the efforts of the Foundation’s Public Health team to improve the capacity of leaders to advance public health in governmental agencies and advance effective policies to combat tobacco use. Included in her portfolio are: a program that recognizes the extraordinary contributions of community leaders who have improved health and health care in their local communities; two leadership development programs for state and local public health officials; and several grants to strengthen public health departments for the future. In addition, she manages the Foundation’s Enterprise efforts around leadership and a work group focused on the public health nursing workforce. Before joining the Public Health team she served as a program officer on the Foundation’s Human Capital Portfolio.
George is very passionate about leadership development and its impact in improving health. She welcomes “the opportunity to influence health and health care with the people on the front lines, at the community level.” She views her role as “helping people at all levels, but particularly the local level, prepare for a better, healthier future.” She also serves on the Foundation’s New Jersey-focused team to achieve this impact in her home state.
After joining RWJF in 1996, George worked in various capacities, including serving as a program associate with the Foundation’s Tobacco team on projects to stimulate state and local policy to prevent tobacco use. She was also program coordinator for the 11th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, a Foundation sponsored event with more than 3,000 international participants.
Prior to joining RWJF, George worked in investor relations at the Liposome Company and in public relations at Coleman & Pellet, Inc.
George is a former president of the New Jersey Public Health Association, a 2008 Leadership New Jersey Fellow, and has served on several national steering committees and boards. She is currently a member of the Grants Committee for the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund and is the regional Council on Affiliates’ representative for New Jersey, New York City, New York state, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for the American Public Health Association (APHA), and is heading up an effort to identify leadership opportunities within the APHA governance structure. In addition, she is a member of the New Jersey Public Health Association, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and is a board member and health and safety officer for the Allentown and Upper Freehold Baseball and Softball League.
George received an MPH degree in sociomedical sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a BA degree in communications from Seton Hall University.
A New Jersey native, George resides in Allentown, N.J. with her husband, Paul, an archaeologist, and their son, Jeremy and daughter, Alyx. Among her many interests, she enjoys watching and playing competitive sports, traveling, photography and spending time making her kids laugh.