Jasmine Hall Ratliff, program officer, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2008, brings her programmatic and grant management expertise to the Foundation’s effort to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. She sees her role on the Childhood Obesity team as “helping to create healthier communities where children have access to affordable, healthy foods and physical activity.” Ratliff focuses her efforts on leading the team’s New Jersey-focused work, managing projects focusing on childhood obesity prevention through local policy change, and exploring the use of program related investments to fund childhood obesity prevention initiatives. Previously, Ratliff worked with the Missouri Foundation for Health where she directed the Women’s Health grant program and the development of the Smiles Across Greater Missouri Oral Health program. Within the Women’s Health grant program, violence against women was addressed, and various treatment centers and prevention organizations were funded. She was a member of the Foundation’s Healthy and Active Communities initiative team and contributed to its 2008–2010 strategic plan.
Her prior work included research at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and developing a business plan for integrating an off-site acute care facility into the main medical campus of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Ratliff earned a master of health administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and vice chair of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Board of Advisors. She has presented at the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, and various childhood obesity summits across the nation.
Born in Virginia, Ratliff now resides in Princeton, N.J., with her husband, young daughter, and cat. In her leisure time, she enjoys time with her family, reads historical fiction, and goes to the movies and the beach.