Sallie George, MPH, is a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) where she works in several key areas to support the Foundation’s health and leadership efforts in communities nationwide. Specifically, she contributes to the Foundation’s efforts to support boundary spanning leadership development across many disciplines and career stages. This work includes: 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 projects to strengthen leadership capacity at the local level in communities across the United States. In addition, she is leading the Foundation’s commitment to advance effective policies to combat tobacco use, with particular emphasis on ensuring that 75 percent of the U.S. population is protected by clean indoor air regulations by 2015. She is also a major contributor in a new Foundation priority around engaging and working with the business sector to advance a Culture of Health in companies and communities nationwide. Prior to this work, George served as a program officer on the Foundation’s Public HealthTeam, where she worked to improve the capacity of local and state leaders to advance population health and transformation in governmental agencies and developed and managed several leadership and workforce development efforts 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 by equipping leaders with the skills they need to span boundaries effectively to advance communities toward a better, healthier future.” She also serves on the Foundation’s New Jersey-focused team, as well as the work group focused on Hurricane Sandy recovery/relief to achieve this impact in her home state.
Since joining RWJF in 1996, George has served 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 collaboratively-sponsored event with more than 3,000 international participants.
Prior to joining RWJF, she 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, including the Governing Council and the Council of Affiliates for the American Public Health Association, where she represented New Jersey, New York City, New York state, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at various points in her tenure. She also served as a board member, health and safety officer and manager for her son’s baseball team, for the Allentown and Upper Freehold Baseball and Softball League.
She is currently a member of the Grants Committee for the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund, the American Public Health Association, the New Jersey Public Health Association, and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She received an M.P.H. degree in sociomedical sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a B.A. 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 laughing with her kids.