Barbara KrimgoldBarbara Krimgold (, is the Founding President of the Culture of Health Equity Network at the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), where she also is the Senior Health Program Director.  In addition, she serves as a health and social policy expert for the Resilient Cities social equity project – piloting projects in Boston, Massachusetts, and Athens, Greece – supported by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Soros Open Societies and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities.

She directed the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program and helped design the new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) human capital and leadership development programs at the IAF.

Prior to joining IAF, Ms. Krimgold was director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s postdoctoral Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to translating health research to policy and practice. With over $20 million in support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she directed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral Kellogg Scholars and Fellows training programs which supported over one hundred health researchers now serving in leadership positions in U.S. universities, foundations, executive and legislative branches of government, think tanks and health advocacy organizations. These scholar alumni are racially and ethnically diverse, and focus their efforts on health equity and reducing health disparities.  The culture of health equity network maintains a newsletter for this outstanding community of scholar alumni.

Ms. Krimgold served as co-director of the Diversity Data project, and contributed to its first report, “Children Left Behind: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children.” She helped develop a website on immigrant health issues,  This thematic research group was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation to convene a conference on The Social Determinants of Migrant Health at the Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy in October 2014.  View the Conference Report and Call to Action. In 2000, she organized and co-authored a Conference Report on “Income Inequality, Socioeconomic Status and Health:  Exploring the Connections” and its executive summary, “Improving Health:  It Doesn’t Take a Revolution.”

Prior to 2000, Ms. Krimgold worked with a number of non-profit organizations.  She also served for over a decade as a health policy professional within the U.S. Government, in senior positions within the Office of Management and Budget and as the lead health policy staffer for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

She graduated from Harvard College and won a National Defense Education Act postgraduate fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa by Harvard for her work on health inequalities research, policy and advocacy.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Prevention Institute and Global Camps Africa.