David Adler, DrPH, MPA, is the deputy director of Healthy Communities, working to ensure that conditions in communities allow all residents to reach their best possible health and well-being.
Since joining the Foundation in 2008, Adler has worked on a variety of efforts to improve the health and well-being of everyone in America. He originally joined the Foundation as a communications associate working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Adler’s subsequent roles, including leading communications efforts for the Foundation’s coverage work and later serving as a program officer and senior program officer leading efforts to expand health care coverage and ensure that patient and consumer voices, were represented in large-scale health system transformation efforts.
Before coming to the Foundation, Adler directed communications for The Food Trust in Philadelphia, where he helped to produce compelling research reports that promoted increased access to healthy food in all communities. Adler’s early career included teaching adult literacy at Philadelphia’s Lutheran Settlement House and working in a pre-kindergarten program in Bilbao, Spain. He also served as a program coordinator of an initiative that allowed health care workers to advance in nursing careers as part of a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Adler received a BA from Swarthmore College, an MSt in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford, an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a DrPH in Health Leadership from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Adler lives in Lawrenceville, N.J., with his husband, a senior administrator at Princeton University.