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Jacquelynn Y. Orr joins Kresge Health Program; Investment team adds two new analysts


Alaya Freeman

Alaya Freeman

The Kresge Foundation welcomed Jacquelynn Y. Orr as a new senior program officer for the Health Program on Monday. As senior program officer, Orr will play a key role in managing a portfolio of grants that advance Health Program strategies to achieve health equity and promote community health and well-being.

Orr joins Kresge after most recently serving as a program officer, Research-Evaluation-Learning, for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she served as a strategic partner for the Transforming Health and Healthcare Systems team and directed programmatic and fiscal oversight for grants totaling over $50 million in funding.

Orr brings prior experience as a leader in different health care systems including Select Medical, Penn Medicine Princeton Heath, and New York University Lutheran Medical Center.

“Jacquelynn’s health care, public health research, and philanthropic experience will strengthen the Health Program’s efforts to support communities as they work to improve the public’s health,” said Kresge Health Program Managing Director Monica Valdes Lupi.

Orr earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and a Doctor of Public Health from Drexel University.

Outside the office, she continues to advocate for health equity and leadership diversity through professional and community involvement with organizations such as the National Association of Health Services Executives, Advancement League, and as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I am excited to contribute my personal experiences and professional background to the long-standing legacy of The Kresge Foundation,” Orr said.  “This opportunity is an honor and privilege along with the added incentive of being able to come back to my hometown to continue to connect, incorporate, and share best practices of partner organizations that are addressing the needs of individuals and communities to achieve well-being through national and local initiatives.”

Investment Team welcomes two new analysts

The team that manages Kresge’s endowment also welcomed Mo Brunner and Jack Barrios as investment analysts in recent weeks.

Previously, Brunner served as a women’s entrepreneurship initiative intern at Michigan Women Forward, where they were involved with underwriting microloans and data analysis.

Prior to Kresge, Barrios interned at Wells Fargo in the wealth management control division where he was involved in strategic planning and control development.