Donald F. Schwarz

Senior Vice President - Program

Donald Schwarz, senior vice president, Program, guides the Foundation’s strategies and works closely with colleagues, external partners, and community leaders to build a Culture of Health in America, enabling everyone to live their healthiest life possible. Currently, he leads the Foundation’s efforts to promote fair and just opportunities for health and well-being for all in the United States.

Don, a nationally-recognized leader in public health and children’s healthcare, was formerly deputy mayor for Health and Opportunity and health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia where he oversaw the Departments of Human Services, Behavioral Health, and Intellectual Disability Services, and the Office of Supportive Housing. Most recently, he was a Foundation director, leading efforts to catalyze public demand for healthier people and the places in which they live, work, learn, and play.

Before entering government service, Don was professor of Pediatrics in the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing and deputy physician-in-chief and Craig-Dalsimer division chief of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at Penn. Earlier in his career Don was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

An active researcher in the area of adolescent risk behaviors, Don received both public and private funding for work that examined the issues of injury and its prevention in urban, minority communities, public policy approaches to adolescent violence, and physician- and nurse-practice-based interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk infants.

Don, a board-certified pediatrician, holds a Master of Business Administration in health care administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD and MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and earned his BA in biology from Brown University.

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We Know How to Fight Poverty. So Let's Fight

"We pediatricians, and others who provide care to children, bear witness each day to how poverty can devastate a life that has only just begun. We have diagnosed the problem to death. Now it’s time to take up the fight."