Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, President and CEO, a native of Barbados, has over 15 years of public service within nonprofit and for-profit communities. Since joining Uniting for Health Innovation in 2014, Dr. Ward-Robinson has successfully reenergized the Foundation, refined its mission, reformulated its strategy, and advanced the organization to operate beyond the multi-lateral community and reach directly into the countries in service to the people of the Americas. She has served as Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs of the Alzheimer’s Association, was the founding CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, an Associate Professor at the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. Often invited as a national and international speaker, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award for working in minority health from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
Dr. Ward-Robinson successfully led initiatives in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. Noteworthy efforts include her work in Trinidad and Tobago - “Water for Life: The Trinidad and Tobago Initiative” sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project that yielded published, evidence-based outcomes supporting rainwater when managed appropriately could become a viable potable water source. She has served on various Boards, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Council, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed numerous executive and leadership training programs from leading institutions that include the Center for Creative Leadership and the Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management.