About Lainie Rutkow

Senior Adviser to the President for Strategic Initiatives
Office of the President

As senior adviser to the president for strategic initiatives, Lainie Rutkow leads the development and implementation of a collaborative, universitywide strategy to enhance the activities, visibility, and impact of Johns Hopkins faculty, researchers, and students in the nation’s capital and beyond. She works with President Ronald J. Daniels and senior staff to develop and implement academic programming and other opportunities that support a bidirectional flow of university initiatives in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Rutkow also serves as project lead for the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and is a member of the senior team leading all aspects of the university’s pandemic response.

Rutkow is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine. For 20 years, she has worked at the intersection of public policy, law, and health, and has served as a bridge between academia and the public sector. At Johns Hopkins, she has served as associate chair of the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, as faculty director of the Sommer Scholars Program, and as a Provost’s Fellow in the Office of the Provost. Rutkow was previously a visiting scholar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program. Earlier in her career, Rutkow served as a voter protection attorney with the Obama Campaign for Change and as a fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform.

Rutkow earned her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and history of science and medicine from Yale University. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an MPH and PhD in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the bar in New York.