James S. Marks, MD, MPH, oversees all program, communications, research, and policy activities in support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health in America. Marks joined the Foundation in 2004 and was formerly the senior vice president and director of program portfolios. His areas of responsibility have included strengthening vulnerable families, catalyzing demand for healthy places and practices, bridging health and health care, achieving health equity, ensuring that all children grow up at a healthy weight, and New Jersey-focused programming.
Prior to joining RWJF, Marks served as assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Throughout his tenure at CDC, Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; reduce tobacco use; and address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity.
Marks received an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He trained as a pediatrician at the University of California at San Francisco, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he received his MPH.
Elizabeth Mitchell serves as President & CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national network of multi-stakeholder Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives with over 35 members across the US. She is the Vice Chair of the Physician Focused Payment Technical Advisory Committee, a Guiding Committee Member of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), and on the Coordinating Committee of NQF’s Measure Application Partnership.
Prior to leading NRHI, Elizabeth was the CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition, an employer-led, multi-stakeholder regional collaborative working to improve the value of healthcare in Maine.
Elizabeth served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Consensus Committee on Core Metrics for Better Care and Lower Costs, and chaired this committee’s Implementation Task Force. She served for several years on the Board of the National Business Coalition on Health and was the Chair of its Government Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board of NRHI.