Penny Bolla manages research and policy content for the RWJF Publications and Research website. She also tracks the progress of seven Foundation teams for the Scorecard, an annual assessment of RWJF’s organizational performance that is drawn from surveys of grantees, staff and key stakeholders and presented to staff, management and trustees. As Bolla notes: “The Foundation has the ability to change the world of health and health care and the Publications and Research area and Scorecard enable us to report on all of our key projects and initiatives.”
Having joined the Foundation in 2000, Bolla also has served as a grants administrator and administrative program assistant. Previously, she was a project coordinator in the Health Research and Educational Trust’s (HRET) research unit, based at the New Jersey Hospital Association. In that position she monitored grant-based programs and prepared marketing materials and guidelines for HRET’s various grant initiatives, including the New Jersey Covering Kids & Families Initiative, an RWJF project to enroll New Jersey’s eligible uninsured children in Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare.
Bolla was the 1998 New Jersey Hospital Association recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for Long-Standing Superior Performance.
Bolla received her Greenbelt Certification in Six Sigma, a program that stresses sustained organizational quality improvement. She has worked on projects to streamline the Foundation’s grant application process and to improve its customer database. She is currently enrolled in a degree program in business management.
Born in Forest City, Pa., Bolla resides in Hamilton, N.J. She enjoys yoga, crafts, reading, and spending time with her husband, Dennis, who works for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. They have two adult children.