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, Save the Children, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, 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. She was on the steering committee and a co-author of Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale, Lancet, 2016, and contributed to the development of the Nurturing Care Framework, launched at the World Health Assembly in May, 2018. She serves as the Guest Editor of Early Childhood Matters, the journal of the Bernard van Leer Foundation which annually chronicles leadership, innovations and scaling in early childhood taking place around the world. She serves as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory for Saving Brains, Grand Challenges Canada and on the Advisory for Innovation Edge in South Africa.