Last month, MPHA’s board announced that MPHA’s Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz is leaving the organization in April to lead the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter where she worked tirelessly for nine years prior to coming to MPHA. While MPHA board and staff are sad to lose Rebekah, we are thrilled that Jodie Silverman will come on as full-time Interim Executive Director beginning April 18, 2017.
Jodie is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in public health, social justice and related issues, in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She has strong leadership experience, and has set key agendas, raised funds, and led teams to great success. Jodie is also deeply knowledgeable about MPHA’s work and mission. She has been an active and invaluable MPHA volunteer for more than five years. Most recently she has served as the Vice President of the MPHA Board and the Chair of the Development Committee. Jodie is taking a leave from these roles to serve as the interim Executive Director.
Jodie previously worked at ReThink Health as the Director of Communications and Influence, developing and implementing ReThink Health’s communications and influence strategy to help advance its mission. Prior to her work at ReThink Health, Jodie worked at Health Resources in Action (HRIA) for over ten years. At HRIA, Jodie oversaw the development and execution of a variety of public health strategies with particular emphasis on communications, policy, and systems change approaches. She oversaw a multi-year policy initiative focused on implementation of community fluoridation via social marketing and community mobilization. She also directed development and marketing activities for HRiA, including fundraising and prospecting, as well as helping to position HRiA among funders, partners, and key stakeholders. She was also the director of HRiA’s Health Communication Services for more than eight years, overseeing the development and implementation of public health campaigns.
Jodie also spent 15 years in Washington, DC, working for elected officials and national advocacy organizations in communications and public policy. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College.