Kris McDaid, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s assistant vice president for Information Technology, joined the Foundation in 1998, bringing a wealth of experience in software development. She presently oversees the daily operation of RWJF’s Information Technology department and continues to provide oversight for the recently implemented Workday system for the Foundation’s human resources, financials, and payroll systems needs.
McDaid views her role as “building the best information systems possible to support the Foundation in building a Culture of Health that seeks to improve health and health care for all Americans.” Her work has helped the Foundation focus on its core systems, including tools to track and manage grantmaking activities, a financials application, and a human resources application. As she puts it: “We want to provide the tools Foundation staff need to do their jobs well, so that the systems are available and ready to go when they need them.”
One of the highlights of McDaid’s tenure at RWJF has been the development and implementation of a program and information management system (PIMS), a three-year project that drives the Foundation’s grantmaking. She also co-designed RWJF’s intake system for all grant applications and reviews and the Grantee Hub, a portal for the Foundation’s grantees. Previously, she was a senior director for the Foundation’s applications development and enterprise solution office.
Her prior experience includes work as a software developer and systems analyst with Microdata, a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas. Her work with McDonnell Douglas also included work on an international, multilingual banking system and, in 1995, she relocated, for two years, to Adelaide, Australia, as part of a McDonnell Douglas development team for HealthCare 2000, a clinical care system.
McDaid received a BS in business administration from Ohio State University. She is a board member of Technology Affinity Group, a membership organization of 600 information technology professionals from private and community foundations, and has served as its vice president and is currently its president.
Born in New York City, she grew up in Ohio but eventually settled in New Jersey. She and her husband love to ski and golf and have traveled extensively in the United States. They also return to Australia every few years to visit friends there.