Kara Blankner

Manager, Health Impact Project Collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kara Blankner


Kara Blankner is Manager of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) and support the growth of the field in the United States. In her role at Pew, Kara provides training, technical assistance and mentoring to HIA practitioners around the country and collaborates with partners and key stakeholders to develop programs and solutions that address the needs of the field.

Before Pew, Ms. Blankner held a number of positions in the public health field, serving on the public health and childhood obesity teams at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; working as a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where she specialized in childhood obesity and children’s health policy, and managed Healthy Kids, Healthy America, a 15-state grant program designed to prevent childhood obesity through policy and environmental change at the state level.

Ms. Blankner has a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences. She earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.