Cardiovascular Policy Advisory Group

Jill Birnbaum

Vice President, Global Advocacy & Strategic Opportunities American Heart Association

Jill Birnbaum is the Vice President of Global Advocacy & Strategic Opportunities for the National Center of the American Heart Association, a national nonprofit organization with a mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In this role, she is responsible and accountable for supporting the CEO and other executive leadership in key policy-oriented international assignments and collaboration opportunities, and advances priority public policy objectives in target counties consistent with the Association’s policy agenda and international plan. In addition to the global duties, Ms. Birnbaum serves as the Executive Director of Voices for Healthy Kids, which is the Association’s collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reverse the nation’s childhood obesity that builds upon the American Heart Association’s extensive advocacy capacity and experience. The initiative is focused on changing public policies to help children and adolescents eat healthier foods and become more active.

Francesco Branca

Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), World Health Organization

Francesco Branca is the Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in the World Health Organization, Geneva. During his tenure, WHO has established a new nutrition guideline development process and has developed a Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition with six global targets. He has been leading the preparation of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. He has been a Senior Scientist at the Italian Food and Nutrition research Institute where he was leading studies on the effects of food and nutrients on human health at the different stages of the life cycle and on the impact of public health nutrition programmes. He has been President of the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies in 2003-2007. Dr. Branca graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases at the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma and obtained a PhD in Nutrition at Aberdeen University.

Harold Goldstein

Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Harold Goldstein, DrPH, is the founder and executive director of Public Health Advocates.  For almost 20 years, Public Health Advocates has been promoting health equity by helping cities, counties, and schools become places that nurture health and wellbeing for everyone. Dr. Goldstein has been at the forefront of solving the obesity and diabetes epidemics through state and local policy change, working closely with a wide array of partners to establish groundbreaking programs and policies to build healthier communities and eliminate health disparities.

Robert Greenwald

Clinical Professor of Law, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Robert Greenwald is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the faculty director of the Law School's Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI). In addition to teaching seminars in health and public health law and policy, for over 25 years Robert has been engaged in state and national research, policy development, and advocacy to expand access to high-quality health care, reduce health disparities, and promote more equitable and effective health care systems. Robert is currently serving as a co-chair of the Federal Chronic Illness & Disability Partnership and the HIV Health Care Access Working Group. From 2000-2006, Robert served as member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and as the co-chair of its Access to Care sub-committee. Robert has served as a consultant to the federal government’s Health Resources Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Community Advisory Board as well as numerous state governments and community-based organizations. Robert received his B.A. from Vassar College in 1980 and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1986.

Neena Prasad

Director of Global Obesity Prevention and Maternal and Reproductive Health Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Neena Prasad joined the Public Health team of Bloomberg Philanthropies (BP) in 2008. She directs BP’s Global Obesity Prevention and Maternal & Reproductive Health Programs.  Neena is also a key member of the tobacco control team, overseeing activities in India. Previously, Neena worked as a Primary Care Physician serving inner-city populations at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and concurrently held the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. She holds an MSc in Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences from McMaster University, an MD also from McMaster and an MPH concentrating in International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.