I have known Judith Woodruff since 2009 as a trusted colleague and consultant. For nearly half a decade, we served together as members of the Steering Committee of the National Nurse Funders Collaborative where, as a representative of the Northwest Health Foundation, she played a central role in helping to bring leaders from some of the nation's largest foundations to consensus on a number of funding priorities. It was during this time, also, that I became familiar with her pioneering work directing the Partners Investing in Nursing's Future program (PIN). Co-funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation, PIN – a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to prepare the American nursing workforce with the skills needed to serve a more diverse population – remains to this day one of the most significant nurse related initiatives of the last decade. Based on her extensive experience developing successful national programs like PIN, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation hired Judith in 2014 to help design and launch the Hillman Innovations in Care program, a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative created to expand leading edge, nursing-driven programs that address the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations. Judith was involved in every aspect of the design and implementation of the program, including development of the RFP, creating informational webinars, assembling a top-tier advisory committee and leading site visits of potential grantees.
Judith's knowledge, experience and broad skill-sets make her an invaluable resource. Her warm personality, professionalism and steady demeanor make her a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend Judith more highly.
Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director
The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation