Staff

MAYA ROCKEYMOORE, PhD, DIRECTOR

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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is director of Leadership for Healthy Communities and president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a social change nonprofit dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. The Center for Global Policy Solutions provides technical assistance and direction for Leadership for Healthy Communities.

Maya has previously served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar at the National Urban League, Chief of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC), among other positions.

Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America. Maya was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and holds other prestigious honors and awards. She holds a B.A. in political science and mass communications from Prairie View A&M University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Purdue University.

KRISTEN WELKER-HOOD, ScD, RN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, HEALTH INITIATIVES

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Kristen Welker-Hood is the senior associate for health initiatives at Leadership for Healthy Communities. Her primary role is supporting program grantees in their efforts to advance healthy eating and active living policies.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Kristen worked for health care corporations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.  In her last position as a Senior Liaison, Local Care Coordinator for the BC/BS CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Care Program, she led efforts to engage the medical community in integrating public health into primary care to reduce chronic disease and improve population health outcomes. She has over ten years experience working on local, state and federal health policy issues. As a Director for Environmental Health Programs for Physicians for Social Responsibility and as a Senior Policy Fellow for the American Nurses Association, she guided the strategic policy initiatives, public health education campaigns, and served as lead investigator and author on several research projects.  She brings to Leadership for Healthy Communities a strong background in mobilizing the health community and scientists to serve as grass-tops messengers for advancing evidence-based policy change.

Kristen has expertise in health promotion and prevention of chronic disease, implementing public health campaigns and advocacy initiatives, policy analysis and research.  Kristen lives in Maryland where she trains as the swimmer for an Iron Girl triathlon relay team and is a mother to a 8 year-old aspiring male gymnast.

She holds a science doctorate (Sc.D.) in Public Health from Boston University, School of Public Health; a M.S. in Public Health Nursing form Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing and a B.S.N. from the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, SUNY.

CRAIG MOSCETTI, MPH, HEALTH POLICY AND RESEARCH FELLOW

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Craig Moscetti is the senior associate for policy and programs for Leadership for Healthy Communities, where he provides research and analysis on policy issues related to healthy eating, active living and childhood obesity prevention.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Craig worked for governmental and non-governmental organizations on public health and international development policy and advocacy.  Craig has also consulted for several international organizations conducting research, policy analysis and partnership development. His recent work with one international organization focused on developing innovative public-private partnerships to address chronic diseases.

Craig has expertise in research, policy analysis, advocacy, coalition development and policy communications. He has authored a variety of reports and publications on public health issues. He holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the George Washington University and a B.S. in biology from Villanova University. In his spare time, Craig is a competitive triathlete and runner.

ANDY FOUNTAIN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, COMMUNICATIONS

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Andy Fountain serves as the senior communications associate for Leadership for Healthy Communities. In this position, Andy helps develop and implement strategic communications plans to promote healthy eating and active living. In addition, Andy works with new media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to promote Leadership for Healthy Communities.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Andy worked as a legislative assistant at a D.C.-based government relations firm. There, he conducted legislative research and tracking for a number of higher education and technology-focused clients.  A native of Georgia, Andy received his B.A. from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.

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Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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