Ari Kramer, communications officer, brings more than 10 years of experience in communications to his work with the Foundation’s public health team, where he enjoys spending the better part of each day “helping bring about different kinds of changes in the environments that surround us that can make it easier for people to stay healthy.”
Before joining RWJF in 2009, Ari managed communications and member services for the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, where he gained an appreciation for the philanthropy’s role in social change while also having the chance to lead a range of educational programs and print and online publications and outreach efforts. Previously, Ari worked in public outreach for a local mass-transit agency in Seattle and as a contributing editor and freelance writer for a range of regional and national newspapers and magazines. He began his career at the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, covering breaking news and writing stories on economic development, affordable housing, public health, and other pressing local issues.
Ari holds a Master of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University, and a BA in Russian from Florida State University. Born in New Haven, Conn., he and his wife, Kelly, an editor, live in Yardley, Pa., with their son, Isaac.