J. Nadine Gracia
President and CEO

J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., MSCE

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community. Dr. Gracia is a national health equity leader with extensive leadership experience in federal government, the nonprofit sector, academia, and professional associations. As President and CEO, she leads TFAH’s work to advance sound public health policy, advance health equity, address the social determinants of health, and make health promotion and disease prevention a national priority.

Before being appointed President and CEO, Dr. Gracia served as TFAH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she developed and implemented strategic policy priorities and managed TFAH’s business operations. She also strengthened and broadened partnership relations focused on health equity.

Prior to joining TFAH, Dr. Gracia served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that capacity, she directed departmental policies and programs to end health disparities and advance health equity, and provided executive leadership on administration priorities including the Affordable Care Act and My Brother’s Keeper.  Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, emergency preparedness, environmental health and climate change, global health, and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to that role, she was appointed as a White House Fellow at HHS and worked in the Office of the First Lady on the development of the Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity.

 A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia received a Bachelor’s degree in French from Stanford University, a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and later was a clinical instructor and research fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she conducted research on community risk factors for violence. 

In 2023, Dr. Gracia was appointed by President Biden to a two-year term as a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. In addition, Dr. Gracia is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Dean’s Council at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and the National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health Program Advisory Committee. She is an Ex Officio Member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, a member of the Milken Institute Center for Public Health Advisory Board, and a member of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) Advisory Board at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Vaccinate Your Family and the Global NGO Executive Committee. She is a member of Women of Impact, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated