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Richard Besser

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Richard Besser is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, he was acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and chief health and medical editor at ABC News. An advocate for healthy communities and economic inclusion, Besser emphasizes the importance of accountable public health systems and racial justice. He played a significant role in prioritizing health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Besser is a National Academy of Medicine member and serves on multiple boards, including Howard University's board of trustees. He volunteered as a pediatrician for over 30 years in community clinics across the country and has been recognized with the Surgeon General's Medallion for his public health contributions.

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