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Nancy Brown

Vice Chair

CEO American Heart Association

Dallas, TX


Nancy Brown is chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, a 97-year-old voluntary health organization guided by an unwavering mission: to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Under Brown’s leadership, 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.

As CEO since 2008, Brown has led the association to many significant advances, including accelerating scientific discoveries through transformative research initiatives; ensuring longer, healthier lives for all patients by elevating heart and stroke quality improvement programs, registries and resuscitation science; empowering women’s health through Go Red for Women® movement and Research Goes Red; addressing health disparities through the association’s Social Impact Fund and Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund; improving the health and well-being of the nation’s workforce through the association’s CEO Roundtable; and 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. The association has also led an urgent response to the COVID-19 pandemic through rapid research, advocacy, education and resources for patients, healthcare workers and consumers.

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.

Brown has served on the Truth Initiative board of directors since 2013.

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