The Rockefeller Foundation Appoints Jeanette Vega as Managing Director; Martin L. Leibowitz and Monica Lozano Join The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jeanette VegaThe Rockefeller Foundation announced that Jeanette Vega has been appointed to the role of Managing Director. Dr. Vega will lead the Foundation’s work in Health, including development of strategy, implementation of the Foundation’s current Transforming Health Systems Initiative, and pursuit of new work in the field. Dr. Vega will be based in New York.

 “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeanette Vega to The Rockefeller Foundation,” said Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “Jeanette is a proven leader in the global health arena and brings with her real in-depth experience in public health. The Rockefeller Foundation has a long and storied history in the field of public health, and as we approach our centennial year, I look forward to working with Jeanette to continue the Foundation’s commitment to impact in the field.”

“I am delighted and honored to join The Rockefeller Foundation at an extremely exciting time for global health,” said Vega. “As critical issues such as the link between social determinants and health equity, along with the need to increase Universal Health Coverage within health systems, are becoming an increasingly prominent part of the global development agenda, I am inspired to have the opportunity to lead the Foundation’s global health work into its next phase.”

Dr. Vega joins the Foundation from the Universidad del Dessarrollo de Chile, where she served as Director of the Center of Public Health Policy.  Prior to her time at the Universidad del Dessarrollo de Chile, Vega was Vice Minister of Health in Chile, leading the country’s 13-step agenda for equity in health. In 2003, she served as a Director at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she led the equity in health agenda, looking at the social determinants of health and health systems. Dr. Vega started her career as a medical doctor in Chile, where she specialized in Family Medicine. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public health from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Rockefeller Foundation also announced the appointment of Martin L. Leibowitz and Monica Lozano to its Board of Trustees. The Board governs the Foundation and is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s program and grant making strategy; budgets, expenditures, and appropriation policies and guidelines; and investment strategies, allocations, and performance.

“I am pleased to welcome both Martin Leibowitz, with his expertise in the field of investing with a focus on endowment management, and Monica Lozano, with her deep commitment to the well-being of immigrant populations and background in communications, to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Board of Trustees,” said David Rockefeller, Jr., the Board’s Chairman. “Both Mr. Leibowitz and Ms. Lozano come on board during a pivotal time in the history of the Foundation, as we are about to embark on our centennial year. The board continues to be committed to adding trustees who bring different skills and backgrounds, which will help develop the vision for the Foundation’s next 100 years.”

“Martin Leibowitz and Monica Lozano both bring strong experience and knowledge that will provide critical guidance to the Foundation as we look toward our centennial year in 2013,” said Dr. Rodin. “As we aim to solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges by expanding opportunity through equitable growth and strengthening resilience to acute crises and chronic stresses, both Mr. Leibowitz’s and Ms. Lozano’s backgrounds will prove crucial to helping the Foundation achieve lasting impact.”

Martin LeibowitzMartin Leibowitz is a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley and works in the firm’s Research Department. In his eight years there, he and his associates have produced a series of studies on topics including asset allocation, policy portfolios, rebalancing strategies, and asset/liability management. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Leibowitz was Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of TIAA-CREF, with responsibility for the management of over $300 billion in equity, fixed income, and real estate assets. Previously, he had a 26-year association with Salomon Brothers, where he became Director of Global Research, covering both fixed income and equities, and was a member of that firm’s Executive Committee.

He has written over 200 articles on various financial and investment analysis topics, and has been the most frequent author published in both the Financial Analysts Journal (FAJ) and the Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM). He has written several books, including his most recent 2010 book, The Endowment Model, and a seminal study on bond investment, Inside the Yield Book. That book was first published in 1972, and has gone through 21 reprintings and remains a standard in the field. Leibowitz received both A.B. and M.S. degrees from The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of New York University. He previously served on the Rockefeller Foundation’s investment advisory committee.

Monica LozanoMonica Lozano is Chief Executive Officer of impreMedia, the leading Hispanic news and information company in the United States. She has served as the company’s CEO since May 24, 2010 and prior to that she was the Senior Vice President overseeing its publishing group.

Lozano has over 25 years of experience in Hispanic media, having started with La Opinión in 1985, working her way up to the position of Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, a title which she continues to hold.

ImpreMedia publishes the most highly respected and influential Spanish language newspapers in the United States, including La Opinión in Los Angeles and El Diario La Prensa in New York. ImpreMedia products reach 32% of all Hispanic adults in the U.S.

Lozano serves on the Board of Directors of leading business and nonprofit organizations as well as the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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