Phyllis D. Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN

Vice Chair

Phyllis D. Meadows is a Senior Fellow in the Health Program at The Kresge Foundation. Since joining The Kresge Foundation in 2009, she has advised the Health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and provided leadership in the design and implementation of grantmaking initiatives and projects.

Phyllis’ 30-year career spans the nursing, public health, academic, and philanthropic sectors. She is the former Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy – where she designed and implemented community-based health strategies, evaluation, research and courses on leadership, policy, population health and health equity. Phyllis’ work in public health includes serving as Deputy Director and then Director/Public Health Officer for the city of Detroit. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty with Wayne State’s and Oakland University’s Schools of Nursing, Phyllis’ professional experience includes leadership roles across the health sector, working to deliver programs and services with an array of multi-disciplinary professionals in health, education and human services. Phyllis was selected for the Kellogg International Leadership Program – Group I. After completing the three-year fellowship, she joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a program director working to advance quality programs for children and youth in education and higher education, and communities nationally and internationally. She maintains an active advisory role on several national, statewide initiatives and boards that focus on improving the health of marginalized and low-income communities.

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