Jennie Ward-Robinson, Ph.D.
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson is currently the CEO of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), a non-profit organization on a mission to catalyze and lead change to eliminate harm from diagnostic error. She has over 20 years of innovative executive leadership within both nonprofit and for-profit communities, where she has successfully reconceived organizational missions, reformulated strategies, and restructured organizations to attain new leadership and new partners, resulting in stronger brand positioning and revenue production.
Prior to joining SIDM, she served as a Senior Advisor to the Dean of College and Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. She also served as the Interim Founding Co-Director of the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora, with a mission to bridge the historically critical contributions of the Diaspora to scientific, economic, and global health advancements. In this role, she successfully developed and launched a Coalition that included the Clinton Global Initiative, the University of the West Indies, ECLAC, among others, to address the post-Covid-19 impact on health, education, and climate-related equity concerns among emerging nations.
In the nonprofit community, her roles have included CEO, President, Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs, and Executive Director. In academia, she served as an Associate Professor at the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. She successfully led multilateral partners to design, fund, and implement healthcare policies and solutions to women in the Americas through unique public-private partnerships. Lastly, in the corporate community, she served as an Executive Director in research, thus underscoring her recognition for leadership.
Dr. Ward-Robinson is a frequently invited speaker to national and international audiences. She has been recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston at Clear Lake for her work in minority health. She successfully led initiatives in the United States, the Americas, and Africa, resulting in peer-reviewed publications and related policy products. She has served on various Boards, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Council, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has completed numerous executive and leadership training programs from leading institutions that include the Center for Creative Leadership and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management.