Gail Christopher, DN

Gail Christopher

Gail Christopher, DN, is vice president for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she serves on the executive team that provides overall direction and leadership for the Foundation and provides leadership for Food, Health & Well-Being, and Racial Equity programming. Gail is responsible for leadership, capacity building and fostering collaboration and teamwork in the development and implementation of programming, organizational policy and philosophies, human and financial resource allocation management, and internal and external communications. She is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities and public policy issues of concern to African Americans and other minority populations. She has more than 20 years of experience in designing and managing national initiatives and nonprofit organizations. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in creating a comprehensive approach to well-being and is nationally recognized for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Her distinguished career and contributions to public service were honored in 1996 when she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2007 she received the Leadership Award from the Health Brain Trust of the Congressional Black Caucus for her work in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. A prolific writer and presenter, Gail is the author or co-author of three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and more than 250 articles, presentations, and publications. Her national print and broadcast media credits are numerous, and include the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas, Time, National Journal, Essence, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, and documentaries on PBS and CBS. She holds a doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced study in the interdisciplinary PhD program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities at Union Graduate School of Cincinnati. (Battle Creek, MI)