Kerry Anne McGeary joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2013 as a senior program officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit.
An award-winning professor and researcher, she is a nationally-recognized economist whose extensive research has focused on economic policy, health economics, and health services. During her tenure in academia, she directed a state health and health policy research center, which was awarded both federally-funded and privately-funded grants and contracts. Her research has informed and fueled deliberations both in Congress and in state legislatures.
In reflecting on her work at the Foundation, McGeary says that “we must create a seismic shift in how we approach health, how it impacts our lives, and how health should guide the decisions we make. As a country, we need to expand our focus to address ways that we can promote health over the course of our lifetimes and for generations to come.” She praises RWJF’s vision of promoting a Culture of Health and enjoys contributing to its significant investment in developing rigorous, timely and actionable research.
McGeary’s programming at the Foundation includes her efforts to generate evidence and information that guides legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals. As she puts it: “We are committed to developing evidence that fosters effective policy and practice. From the federal to the community level, we are sharing the results of our work to help our nation improve health for all.”
McGeary received her BA in Economics from Lehigh University and her MA and PhD in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. She was a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the holds an affiliated faculty position with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University.
She is an N.J. native and currently resides in Skillman, N.J. She cherishes spending time outdoors with her family.