Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD, is a senior adviser for program development at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who focuses on the Foundations work to create new opportunities for better health for society's most vulnerable members by investing in health where it starts—where we live, learn, work, and play. In this role, Lowe works on strategies related to community development and the social determinants of health, violence, and mental health. In addition, she is a member of the Foundation’s Global Health Working Group. She views the her role as catalyzing new ways of addressing long-standing health issues, building partnerships and driving social change to improve the health of children, families and communities.
Lowe came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work where she was a member of the faculty from 1989 through 1998. She taught and published in the areas of community health practice, administration, and planning, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City where she was a social work administrator and faculty member in the medical school's Department of Community Medicine.
Lowe earned a doctorate in social welfare policy and planning from Rutgers University, a master’s in social work from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., where she is a member of the board of trustees. She is a current fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine.