Alison Grubbs, program associate, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2017. Her work helps to strengthen strategic partnerships that advance a Culture of Health. She believes the Foundation is uniquely positioned to convene businesses, philanthropies, and national nonprofits that have made health and well-being a priority. “To create enduring change, we must collaborate with leading organizations—across sectors—who can transform the places and practices where we live, work, and play.”
Previously, Grubbs was an engagement manager for Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, where she developed expertise in movement-building and culture change. At Ashoka, she worked closely with corporations and foundations on a range of initiatives that created opportunities for social innovators to network and collaborate. Her work included overseeing and expanding the global Emerging Innovators Bootcamp program with American Express; organizing a strategic summit that brought together university leaders transforming the landscape of higher education; and leading the strategy and development of digital products that supported social innovation online.
Earlier, Grubbs helped to launch The Future Project, a national education organization that unlocks the potential of young people to change their schools and their worlds. As a founding member of the executive team, 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.
A native of Washington, D.C., Grubbs earned her BA with honors in English Literature from Yale University. She currently resides in Princeton, N.J., where she enjoys cooking, creating art, and exploring the great outdoors.