Linda Burnes Bolton Joins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees

Nursing leader is vice president and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    • January 24, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the election of Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, to its board of trustees. She joins a diverse group of 13 other board members in leading the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

A registered nurse for more than 40 years, Burnes Bolton is currently vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer, and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. She is one of the principal investigators at The Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

“We are extremely pleased to have Linda Burnes Bolton serve as a trustee and lend her considerable talents to our work to ensure a robust health care workforce that meets the needs of all Americans in the decades to come,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. “Linda has been an important colleague of ours for many years through her involvement in various programs to improve the quality and equality of health care, and develop and retain skilled nurse leaders. RWJF will benefit from her vast experience as we help the next generation of health care leaders consistently deliver care that is equitable, effective, patient-centered, and cost-efficient.”

Burnes Bolton has long been recognized for her work to advance the nursing profession. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers on the topics of the nurse retention, nurse practice standards, and minority health. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association, and is currently a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization for Nurse Executives, Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Public Health Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, National Black Nurses Association, and National League for Nursing. She has served as a trustee at Case Western Reserve University since 2006.

She has held other board and officer positions for several national organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Arizona State University. In 2009 she was appointed vice chair of the Institute of Medicine Commission on the Future of Nursing. In 2011 she was named one of the top 25 women in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the top 10 health care executives by the Los Angeles Business Journal. An endowed nursing leadership scholarship in her name was established in 2011 at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. She also holds positions as an associate clinical professor of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Los Angeles.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Nursing from Arizona State University, Burnes Bolton received two master’s degrees—in Maternal Child Health and Population Health—and a doctorate in Population Health and Behavioral Science, all from UCLA.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.