Nancy Brown


Nancy Brown is Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA), a 97-year-old organization guided by an unwavering mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Under Nancy’s leadership as CEO since 2008, the AHA has become a global authority on cardiovascular and brain health as well as overall health and well-being. Forging powerful partnerships – together with 40 million volunteers, supporters and staff – Nancy champions equitable health for all and is committed to innovation at the intersection of science, technology and public health on behalf of patients everywhere.

Key initiatives include:

  • Responding to COVID-19 through rapid research, advocacy, education and resources for patients, healthcare workers and consumers.
  • Transforming research to accelerate scientific discoveries on critical health topics and drive innovation.
  • Ensuring longer, healthier lives for all patients by elevating heart and stroke quality improvement programs, registries and resuscitation science.
  • Advocating for policies and legislation that support healthy communities and access to affordable, equitable care through AHA’s expansive You’re The Cure grassroots network and Voices for Healthy Kids.
  • Addressing health disparities through the AHA Social Impact Fund, Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund and BrightTorch Ventures.
  • Empowering women’s health through the Go Red for Women® movement and Research Goes Red.
  • Improving the health and well-being of the nation’s workforce through the AHA CEO Roundtable.

Nancy is a leader with the World Economic Forum (WEF), where she serves as a member and immediate past co-chairman of the Health & Healthcare Governors Community; founding partner and global advisory board member for the WEF Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; executive board member of the Global Coalition for Value in Healthcare; and member of the board of advisors for the Social Determinants of Health Platform.

Board and External Leadership Roles:

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Co-Founder and Member, Board of Directors
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Member, Board of Directors
  • Coalition to Transform Advanced Care: Member, Board of Directors
  • COVID Collaborative: Member, National Advisory Council
  • Leadership18: Member, Executive Committee
  • National Health Council: Past Chairman and Member, Board of Directors
  • Research! America: Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Truth Initiative: Vice Chairman and Member, Board of Directors
  • Valentin Fuster-Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health & Empowerment: Member, Board of Directors
  • Verily Project Baseline Advisory Board: Member

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