Maryjoan D. Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a nurse practitioner whose work in Leadership for Better Health and Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions focuses on building the capacity of leaders and the wider workforce to collaborate across sectors, organizations and communities to promote a Culture of Health.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, she served as interim chief programs officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA), providing strategic direction, integration and coordination for ANA programs. She has also held several senior leadership positions at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. These included assistant professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School; director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education; director, Medicare Education Partnership; co-director of Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care, the largest inter-professional continuing education program in the world and two RWJF national programs, Partnerships for Quality Education (PQE) and Achieving Competence Today (ACT).
She received a PhD in Nursing from Boston College, an MS from the University of Rochester, and a BS from the University of Connecticut. Among her many distinctions; Ladden is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program 2004–2007. She has published and presented, nationally and internationally, on issues related to building leadership capacity, enhancing team-based care and collaboration, and improving systems in health and health care.