About Lainie Rutkow

Senior Adviser to the President for National Capital Academic Strategy
Office of the President

Lainie Rutkow joined the Office of the President in July 2019 as senior adviser to the president on matters related to Johns Hopkins University’s national capital academic strategy.

Rutkow leads the development and implementation of a collaborative, universitywide strategy to enhance activities, visibility, and impact of faculty, researchers, and students in the nation’s capital. She works with President Ronald J. Daniels and senior staff to identify and promote academic programming opportunities that support a bidirectional relationship between university initiatives in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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 over 15 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.