Shammara Wright
Deputy Director, Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Shammara Wright is a Deputy Director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, bringing her wide-ranging experiences in influencing policies at the intersection of public health, anti-poverty, and racial equity. Her work focuses on promoting racial equity, removing barriers to health equity, and helping to create healthy, equitable communities. Previously, she worked to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities; guided board members in working together to deepen their racial equity practice and achieve outcomes; oversaw strategic innovations to support curriculum implementation for K-12 grade teachers in NYC; oversaw efforts to influence anti-poverty policy and legislation and expanded research and analysis efforts for key mayoral initiatives in city government; and created a national civic engagement and obesity prevention program. Shammara earned an MPA in health policy and management from NYU Wagner and a BA in philosophy from Hamilton College. Born in the Bronx, she currently lives in Manhattan.

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