Harry Johns is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, the global leader in Alzheimer's and dementia information, advocacy, research and support.
The Alzheimer’s Association has created and driven the public discussion about Alzheimer's in America, raising the epidemic and its devastating human and economic consequences to unprecedented levels of recognition and support. The Association provides care and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with local services across the country, its toll free Helpline and robust information for millions each month through its website. The Association has also achieved significant public policy advances, including the passage of the National Alzheimer's Project Act and the creation of the National Alzheimer's Plan, the passage of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, securing Medicare coverage for care planning, and increases in federal research funding that put investments at an unprecedented $1.39 billion, including a $400 million increase in the past year. The Association's global leadership in research includes more than $100 million currently invested in research in 18 countries, breakthroughs that have changed the trajectory of dementia research, and serving as a leading convener, annually holding the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer's and other dementia researchers as well as many other leadership meetings.
According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer's Association is a global leader in Alzheimer's research, ranked first among all nonprofits worldwide for its impact and third among all organizations, after only the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Chinese government. Philanthropedia has called the Association the most influential nonprofit for aging issues in its most recent ranking of the field. And, since The Nonprofit Times first began evaluating nonprofit employers in 2010, the Alzheimer's Association has been consistently ranked one of its Best Nonprofits to Work For, including rankings of 1st or 2nd among large nonprofits eight years in a row.
Harry was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011 to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. Following the 2013 G8 Dementia Summit, he was named to the World Dementia Council. He also serves as CEO of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement and on the Board of Research!America. Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, he was one of four members of the executive team of the American Cancer Society. Harry is a graduate of Eckerd College and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit alz.org.