Kristin Schubert, interim vice president, Program, joined the Foundation in 2000. With more than 25 years committed to improving health policy and practice, she helps to shape the Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health in America, where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and wellbeing. In this role, Kristin provides collaborative leadership to the senior vice president, Program, to execute the Foundation’s strategic directions and grantmaking to improve community conditions; ensure economic inclusion for families and children; transform health and healthcare systems to be more equitable; and promote collective leadership across systems and sectors to improve health and wellbeing.
To date, Kristin has served in many roles at RWJF, including forming and directing the Healthy Children and Families theme. In this role, she focused on improving health equity and the wellbeing of families with young children by leading the development and execution of a program investment strategy targeting policy and systems change in early care and family supports, family economic mobility, education, and nutrition. As a former team leader for Public Health, Vulnerable Populations, and Strengthening Vulnerable Children and Families, Kristin led the design and implementation of system change initiatives that influenced public and private policy change and changed mindsets, particularly in the areas of the social determinants of health, juvenile justice and child welfare reform, promotion of social/emotional wellbeing, and mitigation of violence and trauma.
Previously, Kristin was a policy analyst for the Centers for Disease Control-funded Prevention Research Center, focusing on removal of barriers to health and healthcare among people new to the U.S. and promoting opportunities and improved conditions for health and wellbeing for young people. Trained as a molecular biologist, she began her career as a cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City which sparked her passion and interest in the broader factors that influence health and wellbeing. This experience led her to pursue a Master’s in Public Health in health policy and administration from Yale University.
Raised in a family of teachers—her mother, father, aunt, and sister have all dedicated themselves to education—she is a life-long learner and a devoted mother of two young boys.