Faith Mitchell is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, affiliated with both the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Health Policy Center. Over several decades, her career has bridged research, practice, and social and health policy.

Previously, Faith Mitchell was President and CEO of Grantmakers In Health, a Washington DC-based national organization that advises, informs, and supports the work of health foundations and corporate giving programs. Before that, she held leadership positions at the National Academies (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine), U.S. Department of State, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation.

Faith Mitchell has a doctorate in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written or edited numerous policy-related publications and is the author of Hoodoo Medicine, a groundbreaking study of Black folk medicine, The Book of Secrets, Part 1, a supernatural thriller, and Emma’s Postcard Album, Black Lives in the Early Twentieth Century, a memoir and social history. She is the incoming chair of the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, a co-chair of the advisory group for the John A. Hartford Foundation/Institute for Healthcare Improvement Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, and a member of the Board on Health Care Services of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also serves on the advisory committee of the National Collaborative for Health Equity and the editorial board of Health Affairs.

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