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Kathleen Noonan announced as new Coalition CEO

February 2, 2018
Text reads: "Meet our new CEO, Kathleen Noonan" with a headshot of Kathleen Noonan

By Amy Yuen

The Camden Coalition announced yesterday that Kathleen Noonan, co-founder of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will join the organization as CEO, beginning in March 2018. Kathleen brings a blend of academic and management expertise that will help the Coalition grow even stronger as we move into our next chapter.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to lead this organization,” Kathleen said. “The Camden Coalition is a community-based organization with national reach that has carved out a unique space in the healthcare landscape. I am looking forward to working with folks in Camden and across the country to advance better models to care for people with complex health and social needs.”

“At PolicyLab, we use interdisciplinary research to solve problems through evidence-based solutions that make a real difference in the community and share what works. There’s a strong parallel to what the Camden Coalition has been doing for 15 years.”

Under Kathleen’s leadership, PolicyLab worked closely with the Camden Coalition to fine tune and catalog our patient engagement framework. This has already been of tremendous benefit to the Coalition, and we look forward to the even greater impact Kathleen will bring as CEO.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Kathleen to her new role as CEO of the Camden Coalition,” said Joan Gray, chair of the Camden Coalition Board of Directors and assistant vice president for ambulatory services at Virtua Health. “Her experience at PolicyLab focusing on children’s health, public health, and social welfare issues make her a great fit for the Coalition, and made her the unanimous choice of the Board’s search committee.”

“The Board of the Camden Coalition conducted an exhaustive year-long search for a new CEO, and we are delighted that Kathleen Noonan has accepted the role,” said Reverend Yvonne Lawrence Sims, who also co-chairs the Coalition’s Community Advisory Council. “Her experience and character are a perfect fit for a growing organization with strong roots in the community.”

In 2008, Kathleen co-founded PolicyLab, a research center at Children’s Hospital with more than 60 clinicians, faculty, and staff who use clinical research to solve real world challenges to the health and well-being of vulnerable children and youth. She has held academic appointments at the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Public Health Program and School of Medicine, and at the University of Wisconsin Law School, serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and is a member of Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s Running Start Advisory Board. Kathleen earned a B.S. in Psychology from Barnard College and a J.D. from Northeastern University.

“Kathleen has a long track record of deeply engaging with the communities where she has lived and worked,” said Jared Susco, COO and interim CEO of the Camden Coalition. “We are thrilled that she will be bringing that spirit of servant leadership and consensus building to her work at the Coalition, and will be working alongside the Camden community and our member organizations to improve the wellbeing of our area’s most vulnerable residents.”