Nicole Ferris joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2015. As program associate, she collaborates with program staff and leadership; supports program unit activities; assists in designing and implementing new initiatives for the program unit; and develops strategies and action plans to advance the unit’s priorities. With her passionate commitment to health equity, she supports the Foundation’s work in what she describes as “being bold and creating change to help everyone in America lead a healthier life.”
Ferris’ career with the Foundation began as a program administrative and then executive assistant, supporting leaders across programmatic areas. Before joining the Foundation, she held an executive assistant and office manager position with a landscaping firm in Central New Jersey. She also spent time as a sales leader and customer service representative with Best Buy.
Ferris earned an MA in psychology from Rutgers University, Camden, where her thesis explored the relationship between various learning and cognitive processes. She holds a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, Newark. Born in Queens, N.Y., she presently resides in Jackson, N.J. with her fiancé and rescue dog, Boomer. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, concerts, the beach, and spending time with family and friends.