Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, is chief executive officer and president of the Public Health Institute (PHI), a U.S. and global non-profit public health organization dedicated to improving health and equity through economic, social, and healthcare innovation. PHI has more than 800 employees around the globe working on critical public health issues including the multiple pandemics of COVID-19, opioid and substance use disorder, and racial injustice and social inequities that all lead to poor health outcomes. Pittman is a national leader in community health, addressing social determinants leading to health inequities and promoting prevention and quality of care. Her experience in public health and healthcare, including Medicaid financing and safety net systems, make her an expert adviser in the field of population health and building healthier and more equitable communities and health systems. She has designed and launched leadership programs for women in health as well as for other population health leaders.
During her tenure, PHI has been recognized three times as one of the 50 best nonprofit places to work in the nation. Pittman served for six years on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, and the Healthy People 2030 advisory committee to the Secretary of HHS. She served as an expert advisor to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, and serves on numerous advisory boards for UC Berkeley, School of Public Health, Loma Linda School of Public Health, Charles Drew University Medical School, and other non-profits and a small diagnostic company.