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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to give 2013 commencement address

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be the featured speaker at Claremont Graduate University's 86th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Photo of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Claremont Graduate University's 2013 commencement speakerThe ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Mudd Quadrangle, located at the southeast corner of Tenth Street and Dartmouth Avenue.

Forbes has named Lavizzo-Mourey to its annual list of world's most powerful women. As CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she leads the largest philanthropy in the United States devoted solely to health and health care. The foundation's assets total $9 billion.

Lavizzo-Mourey joined the foundation as a senior vice president in 2001 and was appointed president and CEO two years later.

Prior to coming to the foundation, she was the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as director of the Institute on Aging. She was the deputy administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the Department of Health and Human Services. While in government service, Lavizzo-Mourey worked on the White House Health Care Policy team, including the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform, where she co-chaired the working group on quality of care.

She has served on federal advisory committees, including the Task Force on Aging Research; the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics, where she chaired the Subcommittee on Minority Populations; and the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. She recently completed work as co-director of a congressionally requested Institute of Medicine study on racial disparities in health care resulting in the publication of Unequal Treatment, Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. She is the author of several books and dozens of articles.

Lavizzo-Mourey is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

She earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, followed by a masters in business administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her geriatrics training.

CGU's commencement ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by university officials, and the commencement address. Tickets are not required. Receptions will be held afterward for individual schools and programs.

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