Joan Lombardi, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Lombardi is a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Over the past 40 years, Joan has made significant contributions in the areas of child and family policy as an innovative leader and policy advisor to national and international organizations and foundations and as a public servant. She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (2009-2011) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs in Administration for Children and Families and the first Commissioner of the Child Care Bureau among other positions (l993-1998). Joan has been an advisor to the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, The Migration Policy Institute, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and the Hilton Foundation among others. Her work focuses on the intersection of child protection, health, nutrition, early learning, and responsive caregiving; as well as community strategies to support young children and families.  Joan currently serves as a Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University, the Interim Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Development Action Network, the Chair of the National Advisory for the RAPID EC study.