Joan Lombardi Ph.D.

Senior Advisor
Bernard van Leer Foundation

Joan Lombardi Ph.D. is an international expert on child development and social policy. She directs Early Opportunities LLC, focusing on innovation, policy and philanthropy. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Bernard van Leer Foundation on global child development strategies and to a range of foundations on domestic early childhood issues including The Buffett Early Childhood Fund. She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (2009-2011) in the Obama Administration. In 2017-2018 she is also serving as a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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