RWJF Program Direction
Jane Isaacs Lowe, Ph.D . is a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the team director for the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. In this role, Lowe promotes initiatives that take a fresh approach to a long-standing problem, work to address poor health status in the context of other factors such as housing, education, and poverty, and make fundamental changes in the way services are delivered. She oversees grants catalyzing new ways of addressing urgent social issues such as preventing youth violence, providing options for long-term care, assisting immigrants and refugees, and ensuring services for those with severe mental illness. She is also a current fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and past president of Grantmakers in Aging.
Lowe came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work where she served on the faculty from 1989 through 1998, publishing and teaching in the areas of health practice, administration and planning. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992 and 1997. From 1976 to 1989 she worked at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City as a faculty member in the medical school's Department of Community Medicine and as a hospital social work administrator. Lowe earned a doctorate in social welfare policy and planning from Rutgers University, a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.
Further program direction and technical assistance are provided by numerous staff at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Joann Baquilod serves as Grants Administrator. Susan Promislo is Senior Communications Officer.