Kristin Schubert, director, believes the Foundation is uniquely positioned to promote and evaluate change in the health and well-being of the nation. She feels that “RWJF has the ability to step in where government and others can’t go and influence the way people live for the better.”
Since joining RWJF in 2000, Schubert has focused chiefly on applying a public health perspective to the health issues faced by vulnerable populations, particularly vulnerable adolescents. She has created and led initiatives to prevent youth violence, promote better connection to health services, and address the needs of families who are involved in the justice and child welfare systems. She believes that the Foundation has played a vital role in “enabling youth and families to access opportunities to improve their health and well-being” and praises RWJF’s pioneering approaches to helping vulnerable families get the care and services they need.
Previously, Schubert was a policy analyst for the Centers for Disease Control-funded Prevention Research Center, focusing on barriers to health among vulnerable populations and youth health and development issues. Trained as a molecular biologist, she began her career as a cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Schubert holds an MPH in health policy and administration from Yale University and a BS in molecular biology from Lehigh University.