Program Officer Jean Freeman-Crawford Honored with Emerging Leader Fellowship


We’re proud to share the news that Foundation Program Officer Jean Freeman-Crawford has been named a 2018 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy fellow!

Founded by Grantmakers in Health (GIH), with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the purpose of the fellowship is to “nurture talented practitioners who have shown the potential to be among the next generation of leaders in the field of health philanthropy, to build relationships among this cadre of emerging philanthropic leaders, and to connect them with established figures in the field.”

While at the Foundation, Freeman-Crawford has led the implementation of the Public Health Infrastructure and Show Me Healthy Housing programs. She also served as a team member for other efforts, including General Support for Advocacy, Health Literacy, Community Health and Prevention, Health Care Workforce, Special Projects, and the Opportunity Fund.

“Whether she’s collaborating with her colleagues at the Foundation or with our partners and grantees out in the field, Jean’s work is consistently impressive,” said Foundation President and CEO Robert Hughes. “Her inclusion on this elite list of emerging leaders is certainly well deserved.”

On October 10 and 11, Freeman-Crawford will join 16 other fellows from across the country in Washington D.C. for two days of learning and networking. The program’s emphasis will be on leadership development, mentoring, risk-taking, and building long-term connections. Not only will fellows meet and learn from each other, they will also have the opportunity to form relationships with experts from the field of health philanthropy, many of whom are past recipients of GIH’s Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. Even once the event ends, GIH will facilitate opportunities for fellows to stay connected and share their learnings throughout the coming year.

“My work at the Foundation affords me with the great honor of working improve the health of those most in need. Being selected for this fellowship is an amazing and humbling
opportunity to learn from others in philanthropy who share the same mission and vision to improve health,” said Freeman-Crawford. “I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

View a full list of names and bios for the 2018 fellows
Learn more about the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy