Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey

    • April 18, 2014

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and the nation’s largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey since 1972.

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Key New Jersey Facts

  • RWJF is the largest private foundation in New Jersey, with a 40-year track record of commitment to the state.
  • Since 1972, RWJF has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey.
  • From 2002 through the end of 2011, the Foundation invested more than $433 million in New Jersey—approximately 10 percent of all its grantmaking.
  • Currently RWJF supports more than $100 million in active multiyear grants statewide.
  • RWJF is deeply committed to addressing the long-term health impacts of Hurricane Sandy, as evidenced by its $5 million commitment to relief.
  • RWJF has approximately 280 employees, 80 percent of whom live in New Jersey.
  • The 190,000 square-foot RWJF headquarters is located in Princeton, NJ and was awarded the Energy Star from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of superior energy performance.

Areas of Focus in New Jersey

  • Childhood obesity and children’s health
  • Hurricane Sandy relief—with an emphasis on issues related to mental health
  • Access to health care coverage
  • Promotion of quality nursing education
  • Support to New Jersey educational, research, and healthcare institutions
  • Healthy communities
  • Economic and community development, especially in New Brunswick

Major New Jersey Grantees

  • Mental Health Association in New Jersey
  • United Way of Northern New Jersey
  • New Jersey Health Initiatives
  • New Jersey Nursing Initiative
  • New Jersey YMCA State Alliance (operating New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids)
  • NJ TV (New Jersey Public Television)
  • Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University*
  • Center for State Health Policy
  • College of Nursing
  • Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health

*RWJF has a deep commitment to supporting New Jersey educational and health care institutions, which are vital to the state’s economy and the health and well-being of its residents, especially the most vulnerable. The Foundation has a particularly long and in-depth partnership with Rutgers and UMDNJ and believes their integration holds the promise of transforming Rutgers into a premier research and academic institution.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issue Experts

As the leading philanthropy in the United States dedicated to improving the health of all Americans, RWJF has a number of resident experts on key health and health care issues of interest to the media. Members of the New Jersey media interested in contacting these RWJF staff should contact one of the New Jersey communications leads in the right column of this page.

Health Care Philanthropy

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO

Childhood Obesity

John R. Lumpkin, senior vice president and director, Targeted Teams

Ginny L. Ehrlich, director, Childhood Obesity 

Health Care Coverage

Katherine Hempstead, director, Health Care Coverage

Health Care Reform

John R. Lumpkin

Katherine Hempstead

Health Exchanges

Katherine Hempstead

Andrew D. Hyman , senior program officer, Health Care Coverage

Healthy Places and Practices

James S. Marks. senior vice president and director, Program Portfolios

Donald F. Schwarz, director, Catalyzing Demand for Health Places and Practices

Cost, Quality, and Value

Anne Weiss, director, Value

Sandy Relief – Health Impact

John R. Lumpkin


John R. Lumpkin

Food Deserts & Access to Healthy Food

Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff, program officer, Childhood Obesity

New Jersey Culture of Health Forums

In late 2013, RWJF launched a New Jersey Culture of Health Forum series of high-level public discussions on key health-related issues affecting the Garden State.  Information on the topic and location for the next Forum will be posted at

NJ Communications & Media Relations Contact

Chris Clayton, communications associate, RWJF

(609) 627-5759


Media Contacts

Melissa Blair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937