Brenda Davis Elected To Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees

Davis, a former business executive and cabinet member in New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean's administration, also has a background in management, policy-making, and science.

    • January 30, 2013

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Brenda S. Davis, PhD, a former Johnson & Johnson (J&J) executive and cabinet member in former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean’s administration, has joined its Board of Trustees. The board leads the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

As a cabinet member and chief of policy and planning during Gov. Kean’s second term, Davis was responsible for development and coordination of his policy agenda. She held a succession of positions at J&J, finishing her career there as the company’s corporate compliance officer and vice president of technical resources, responsible globally for sales and marketing compliance, product quality and compliance, environmental affairs, energy management, and employee health and safety, among other duties. Her team established global policies and standards, as well as tools and training for approximately 200 operating companies in 55 countries. Earlier, she served as vice president of government operations for J&J Health Care Systems, responsible for government sales for the U.S. health care businesses, and as J&J’s vice president of state and environmental relations.

Before joining J&J, she served as a visiting fellow and associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She also held other government and industry positions, including special assistant to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and director of the Natural Resources Group at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.

Formerly the chair of The Wilderness Society, she continues to serve on its board. She served for nine years on the board of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), chairs the WWF Northern Great Plains Advisory Council and serves on the WWF National Council. She previously served on the boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which she chaired, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey. She currently serves on the board of directors of Recreational Equipment Inc.

Davis received a BA in biology from the University of Denver, and her doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Brenda Davis is a well-respected and talented leader with deep experience in management, policy-making and science. She is a great addition to the RWJF Board, and I look forward to working with her,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD.

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