National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee is a group of highly-regarded experts and leaders who offer vision and guidance to the Policies for Action program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help achieve our mission to build the evidence base around policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support a Culture of Health.
Who We Are
Daniel E. Dawes, JD, a widely respected author, scholar, educator, and leader in the health equity, health reform, and mental health movements, is executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and a professor of health law, policy, and management.
Senior Community Development Advisor
Dell Gines, MBA, MSF, PhD, CEcD, is the Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is committed to helping empower economically distressed communities through innovative economic development strategies.
Nancy López, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice and she is the founding coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium.
Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA is Associate Dean for Health Equity at Dell Medical School, as well as an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments. She also serves as Director of Health Equity at Ascension Seton to help meet health equity goals across its system.
Mai Thi Nguyen, PhD, is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She is an award-winning researcher and teacher. Her research focuses on social and spatial equity and examines planning and policy topics related to housing, immigration, and climate change.