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Leadership & Staff

Invest Health Program Team

Laura Barron

Manager, Program Initiatives

 

Laura Barron is the Manager of Program Initiatives for the Reinvestment Fund, where she manages the Invest Health initiative working with leaders to address social determinants of health in 50 mid-sized cities across the US. Previously she worked at the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) as the Program and Communications Manager. While at Penn IUR she managed multiple research projects on disaster recovery, environmental and health access in informal settlements, and fair housing. She has authored and co-authored multiple publications on anchor institutions, community-based disaster planning, urban stormwater, and climate governance in cities. Prior to working for Penn IUR she worked for several non-profits including, Greener Partners, in Malvern, PA and SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, in New York City, addressing urban food equity and access. She received her Bachelors of Art in Anthropology and Spanish from Trinity University, and a Dual Master’s in Environmental Studies and Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Fassbender

Director, Program Initiatives

 

Jennifer Fassbender is the Director of Program Initiatives at Reinvestment Fund. She provides leadership in the program development, delivery, and quality control components for the initiative and engages with external stakeholders on strategic partnerships. With over 20 years of experience in healthcare delivery, research, administration, and advocacy, she has served in a national leadership role with the American Diabetes Association and acted as Program Director for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Healthy Weight Program, as well as Senior Research Project Manager for a health disparities research group at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an ACSM certified clinical exercise physiologist and represents Reinvestment Fund on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and has co-authored numerous scientific publications. She studied at the Pennsylvania State University and did her graduate work in Exercise Physiology at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Amanda High

Chief of Strategic Initiatives

 

Amanda High is Reinvestment Fund’s Chief of Strategic Initiatives, responsible for managing the interconnection of strategic resource development, communications, and program innovation. In this position, Ms. High is responsible for launching initiatives, achieved by implementing new products, programs and partnerships. She joined Reinvestment Fund in 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience leading high impact initiatives for national and international non-profit and development organizations. Prior to Reinvestment Fund, Ms. High served as the Head of Resource Mobilization at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. Her career also includes service with the U.S. Department of State, the American Red Cross in Asia and Africa, and the National Philanthropic Trust. Ms. High completed master’s degree coursework in Economics and International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Sara Vernon Sterman

Vice President of Strategic Investments

 

Sara Vernon Sterman currently serves as VP, Strategic Investments at Reinvestment Fund. In this position, she expands on Reinvestment Fund’s work in Healthy Communities by focusing on investment models that integrate the organization’s lending and policy work in education, health care, childcare, food, social services, and affordable housing. Additionally, she co-directs Reinvestment Fund’s Pay for Success investments. Previously Ms. Sterman served as Chief Lending Officer, responsible for leading business development, originations and relationship management within Reinvestment Fund’s lending operation. Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund in 1999, she taught elementary school in New York City and Washington, D.C., with the Teach For America program, and was a program director for Teach For America in eastern North Carolina. Ms. Sterman holds an M.S.W from the School of Social Work and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

National Advisory Committee

 

Ivye Allen

President of Foundation for the Mid South

 

Jeffrey Brown

Founder, President, and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc

 

Ray Daffner

Community Development Consultant

 

David Fleming

Vice President, Global Health Programs of PATH

 

Jenny Ismert

Vice President of Policy & Strategy for UnitedHealth Group

 

Otis Samuel Johnson

Scholar in Residence at Savannah State University

 

Michael MacAffee

President at PolicyLink

 

John Moon

Former Vice President and Community Affairs Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

 

Rebecca Morley

Founder and President of Rebecca Morley Consulting

 

Maggie Super Church

Vice President for Marketing Innovation and Impact at CLF Massacheusetts

 

Mark Van Brundt

Chief Operating Officer at Raza Development Fund

 

Paul Weech

Principal of Innovative Housing Strategies, LLC