Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Names Kimberly Elliott as Director of Policy Outreach in Washington, D.C., office

    • June 24, 2013

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the appointment of Kimberly Elliott, former associate director of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), as director of Policy Outreach in the Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office, effective July 1. For the past four years Elliott has served as principal advisor to the CTP director, with day-to-day responsibilities for coordinating the FDA’s tobacco regulation activities.

Elliott will continue her tobacco control work in support of the Foundation’s decades-long fight to reduce smoking and tobacco use. She will also be involved with RWJF’s many other health public policy initiatives as the nation undergoes a massive change in the payment and delivery of health care as mandated by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Prior to joining the FDA in 2009, Elliott served for six years as deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to making disease prevention a national priority. There, her responsibilities included managing the organization’s public policy development, public affairs, and advocacy functions. She also helped to develop TFAH’s first strategic plan and oversaw its implementation.

“Kim’s long experience in shaping public policy and in the federal government makes her a valuable addition to our Washington office,” said David C. Colby, RWJF’s vice president of public policy. “She will be a key member of our team and a tremendous asset as the Foundation continues to support both policy-makers and health care providers in our important efforts to improve public health, health care quality and coverage, smoking cessation, and childhood obesity.”

In addition to her positions at the FDA and TFAH, Elliott has years of experience in Congress, having served as chief of staff for Sen. Dean Barkley of Minnesota and legislative director for Sen. Lowell Weicker Jr. of Connecticut. She also served as the chief operating officer of Special OIympics, and has devoted much of her career to celebrating the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Spanish literature from the Universidad de Granada in Spain. 

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