Kerry Anne McGeary, interim director, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2013, works with the managing director to direct and manage operations for the Foundation’s effort to ensure that families have the resources they need to foster healthy development from their child’s earliest years. She supervises a team of program associates, and oversees coordination with financial analysts and grants managers, to focus the program operations on ensuring that children and families are at the center of discussions about policies, systems, and supports that will help the next generation of children thrive. In reflecting on her work, Kerry Anne says that “we must create a seismic shift in how we approach health, how we invest in children and families, and how health should guide the decisions we make. As a country, we need to expand our focus to address ways that we can promote health over the course of our lifetimes and for generations to come.”
Earlier, Kerry Anne served as a senior program officer in the Foundation’s Research-Evaluation-Learning unit. In that role she contributed to RWJF’s significant investment in developing rigorous, timely, and actionable research. Her work included efforts to generate evidence and information that guided legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals.
An award-winning professor and researcher, she is a nationally-recognized economist whose extensive research has focused on economic policy, health economics, and health services. During her tenure in academia, she directed a state health and health policy research center that was awarded both federally funded and privately funded grants and contracts. Her research has informed and fueled deliberations both in Congress and in state legislatures.
Kerry Anne received her BA in Economics from Lehigh University and her MA and PhD in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. She was a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research; holds an affiliated faculty position with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University; and serves on the Board of Trustees at Georgian Court University and the Board of Health for Montgomery Township in New Jersey.
A New Jersey native, she currently lives in Skillman, N.J. She enjoys supporting her community as vice president of the Montgomery Township, New Jersey Board of Public Health.
Most important, she cherishes spending time outdoors with her family and cheering from the sidelines at her children’s events.