Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Names William (Bill) Roell as Chief Financial Officer

    • August 26, 2021

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today that William (Bill) Roell has been named chief financial officer. In this role, he will direct the Foundation’s financial management and treasury activities in support of the strategic mission and in compliance with policies, laws, standards, and regulations. He will serve as a strategic and operational leader and specifically oversee all the Foundation’s financial functions and areas and direct the management of these various areas ensuring that all programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and financial objectives of the Foundation. Bill will serve as a partner and resource to ensure that the Foundation’s financial policies and expenditures align with its mission, vision and guiding principles, including equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Having served most recently as RWJF interim chief financial officer and treasurer, he will step into this role as of September 1, 2021. 

RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and is working in partnership with others to build a Culture of Health rooted in equity that provides every individual with a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have.

Roell has an extensive background in not-for-profit accounting. Before joining RWJF in 2012, he spent thirteen years at Rider University as associate vice president for Finance. Prior to Rider University, he worked at the public accounting firm of KPMG LLP where he focused on not-for-profit audit and consulting clients.

“We are so fortunate to have Bill join us permanently as the CFO,” RWJF Chief Operating Officer Melvin Galloway said. Over the past eight years Bill has been a key leader in the organization and helped to shape our finance team that is second to none, exceptional in its ability to support our long-range planning, and new emerging opportunities like impact investing. I am looking forward to working with Bill on his forward-looking vision and strategy for the Finance department and his approach to team management and organizational engagement. 

Roell received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Rider University and is a certified public accountant in the State of New Jersey.


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

Media Contacts

Melissa Blair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937