Barbara Picower, M.A., M.S.
Barbara Picower is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the JPB Foundation. JPB’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities. JPB’s program areas include poverty, specifically in the areas of health and chronic disease, economic opportunity, and democracy; medical research, specifically, collaborative consortiums of scientists investigating Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as brain research on learning and memory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); and the environment, by enabling healthy and resilient communities. JPB’s values include an evidence-based approach focused on impact, intelligent risk-taking, and addressing challenges of poverty at the root cause level. JPB pursues funding that is highly strategic by working with nonprofits and other funders to collaborate, coordinate, and leverage resources to achieve maximum impact. Ms. Picower serves on The Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, The Academies’ Roundtable on Obesity Solutions; Board of Directors of Living Cities and the Advisory Board of the Bridgespan Institute. Ms. Picower earned her B.A. in Political Science from Hofstra University in 1964, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education, and a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition, both from New York University.