Marco Navarro, who joined The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1995, began his tenure with the Foundation as a financial officer, and his efforts in developing PRIs (program-related investments) has been chronicled in the Foundation’s Anthology. A “venture philanthropy” approach to funding, PRIs enable foundations to stretch their resources and fund essential projects, such as building construction.
Promoted to a senior program officer in 2001, Navarro now manages a portfolio of New Jersey grants, including the New Jersey Health Initiatives and more than $70 million in a grant/loan portfolio designed to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, support area universities, hospitals and other organizations. He also led the planning for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthier Kids to prevent childhood obesity.
Previously, Navarro worked for 10 years managing community improvement projects, which included work on developing affordable housing and the growth of a community-owned credit union in Newark, N.J. He also designed and managed a leadership training program for New Jersey mid-career professionals interested in community service.
He earned an MA in city and regional planning from Rutgers University, a Public Health Graduate Certificate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a BS in business administration from Seton Hall University. He is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow (1989), a Board Member of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and was a Commissioner (Public Representative) of the NJ Urban Enterprise Zone Authority for 10 years.