Barbara Krimgold


Senior Health Program Director, IAF

Barbara Krimgold is the Founding President of IAF’s Culture of Health Equity Network initiative as well as currently serves as IAF’s Senior Health Program Director and director of the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program. The KP Burch Program supports junior minority scholars to sustain connections with policy experts to inform policy development.  She also is co-director, with Marie Briones-Jones, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation design grant for RWJ future programming in human capital and leadership development.  Both of these projects are based at the Institute for Alternative Futures.

Prior to joining IAF, Ms. Krimgold was director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s postdoctoral Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to translating health research to policy and practice. With over $20 million in support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she directed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral Kellogg Scholars and Fellows programs which have trained over one hundred health researchers for careers and leadership positions in U.S. universities, foundations, executive and legislative branches of government, think tanks and health advocacy organizations. These scholar alumni are racially and ethnically diverse, and focus their efforts on health equity and reducing health disparities. They form a community of scholars and continue to be part of the KConnection network of researchers.

Ms. Krimgold also served as co-director of the Diversity Data project and, in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, launched the new website and coauthored its first report, “Children Left Behind: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children.” She helped develop a new website on immigrant health issues, This thematic research group was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation to convene a conference on The Social Determinants of Migrant Health and the Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy in October 2014. The participants are preparing a Report and a Call to Action resulting from this recent conference.

Prior to 2000, Ms. Krimgold worked with other non-profit organizations and also as a health policy professional within the U.S. Government, serving in senior positions within the Office of Management and Budget — under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan — and as the lead health policy staffer for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

She graduated from Harvard College and won a National Defense Education Act postgraduate fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa by Harvard for her work on health inequalities research, policy and advocacy.