Michelle A. Larkin, JD, MS, RN is assistant vice president for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program Portfolios, which includes work to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices, build bridges between health and healthcare, engage business, address the health of vulnerable populations and reduce health-related disparities. In this role, she helps to shape the Foundation’s strategies and policies. She views her role as one of “contributing to the Foundation’s intellectual and organizational development, and managing program operations to ensure that we advance our Foundation vision to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to make healthy choices, no matter where they live or how much they make.”
Larkin also co-leads the Foundation’s major initiative on public health law. In this capacity, she strives to establish effective public health laws, regulations, and policies; enhances the public health law infrastructure to support practitioners, advocates, and their legal counsel in improving health; and promotes the use of law in fields that impact health.
Previously, Larkin directed the Foundation’s Public Health team to improve federal, state, and local public health systems, build the evidence for effective public health practice and policy, and advocate for the use of law and policy to improve health. From 2003 through 2006, she co-led the Foundation’s Tobacco team, promoting increased tobacco excise taxes, state and local smoke-free air laws, and funding for tobacco prevention and treatment. Before joining the Foundation, Larkin worked as a health policy analyst at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington, D.C. She served as a presidential management fellow, working as a policy analyst at CDC and as a legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Previously, she was an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, MD.
Larkin is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and the New Jersey Bar. She also serves on the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Larkin received a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, an MS in nursing/health policy from the University of Maryland, and a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her spouse have one child and live in Bordentown City, N.J.