Monica Hobbs Vinluan, J.D. (Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) joined RWJF in 2015 as part of the childhood obesity team. Her work focuses on supporting policy strategies to help children attain their optimal physical, social and emotional development and well-being. Prior to joining the Foundation, Monica directed YMCA of the USA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives, which catalyzed nearly 250 community and state level leadership teams to advance policies that allow people to make healthy choices where they live, work, learn, pray, and play.
Monica has spent her career advocating for strategies that help individuals and communities to live well, including policy issues connected to physical activity, healthy eating, and health equity. She has served as a government relations professional on a variety of health and well-being issues for seventeen years and has been a professional advocate for health promotion issues for more than two decades. Her experience includes working for a U.S. Senator, serving as a child and family advocate, a Regulatory Counsel, and Legislative Counsel, and lobbyist. She completed her Juris Doctorate at the American University Washington College of Law and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Her hobbies include playing with her family, volunteering in her children’s school and being outdoors.