Kaitlyn Meirs, who joined the Foundation in 2015 as a program associate, works to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices. “The work that excites me at RWJF goes beyond the 'Band-Aid' approach to problem solving and digs deeper to provide large-scale change through evidence-based solutions and tools that improve health.”
Previously, Meirs served as the coordinator for the Community Outreach and Engagement Core in the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work in organizing events and meetings included serving as lead coordinator for a 2014 international symposium aimed at educating the public and stakeholders on the potential impacts of unconventional natural gas drilling operations on the environment and public health. The symposium engaged citizens, community organizations, legislatures, industry, and academic institutions worldwide.
Meirs earned a BA in Biology from Kenyon College, Ohio and an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania. At Kenyon she received 16 All-American Distinctions and was the 2008 NCAA Division III National Champion for the 1650-yard freestyle. Although she no longer competes, she continues to teach swimming.
Born in Cream Ridge, N.J., Meirs’ family’s farm, which is still in operation, breeds, raises, and sells Standardbred racehorses. Today, she and her husband live in East Windsor, N.J. She enjoys learning to sail, sporting clays (a form of clay pigeon shooting) and, of course, swimming.