Board of Directors
Gail C. Christopher, DN
Dr. Gail Christopher is the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity and a Senior Scholar with George Mason University, Center for Well-Being. In addition, Dr. Christopher is president and founder of Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature. Prior to her Ntianu Center tenure, Dr. Christopher was senior adviser and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and, before that, vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Office of Health, Women and Families in Washington, D.C. She directed the Joint Center Health Policy Institute, a multi-year initiative created to engage underserved, racial, and ethnic minorities in health policy discussions.
Dr. Christopher has been a guest scholar in the Governance Studies Department at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Christopher served as director and naprapathic physician with the Naprapathic Health Centers in Chicago.
Dr. Christopher received her doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced studies in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities at Union Graduate School of Cincinnati.
Dr. Christopher received a 2007 Leadership Award from the Health Brain Trust of the Congressional Black Caucus for her work with the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and its impact on public policies to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. She has authored and co-authored three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and has written more than 250 articles, presentations, and publications. Dr. Christopher is also a frequent national broadcast and print media news interviewee and content contributor.