Alison Grubbs

Program Officer

Alison Grubbs serves as a program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Leadership for Better Health team. She joined the Foundation in 2017 as part of its Executive Office, where she built strategic relationships with national organizations and networks who create more equitable communities. She also supported the development of grantmaking practices that enable greater trust, openness, and collaboration with grantees. As part of the Leadership for Better Health theme, Grubbs brings a commitment to collective leadership processes, which bring people together to establish common goals, share power, and make progress on social issues. She is particularly focused on leadership initiatives that resource people pushing for structural change, health equity, and racial justice in their workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities, with special attention to the process of organizational change.

Previously, Grubbs was a program manager for Ashoka, which identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs worldwide. At Ashoka, she worked on initiatives that convened networks of social innovators tackling complex social problems, created opportunities for them to collaborate and coach one another, and identified promising trends and solutions. Her projects included overseeing and expanding the global Emerging Innovators Bootcamps program; building a community of innovators improving the well-being of young kids; organizing a strategic summit of university leaders who are committed to student leadership and social impact; and leading the development of digital products that supported social innovation online.

Earlier, Grubbs also helped to launch The Future Project, a national education organization that supports the power of young people to lead change in their schools and communities. As a founding member of the executive board, she worked with community leaders and public schools to launch the pilot program in 2011 with more than 500 participants—the largest educational initiative to launch since Teach for America in 1989.

Grubbs is a native of Washington, D.C., and earned her BA with honors in English Literature from Yale University. She is also certified as a master practitioner in Emergent Learning methods. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she enjoys writing, cooking for friends, and exploring out-of-the-way places.

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