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Jeff Richardson

Abbott Fund
Vice President, Global Health Access

Jeff Richardson, Vice President of the Abbott Fund, oversees its Global Health Access program in resource poor settings throughout the world. Jeff started the Fund’s international granting program when he led the team that created, developed and implemented the Fund’s Global AIDS Care Program in 2000. In the last eleven years the Global AIDS Care Program has served more than nearly 4 million people. In addition to HIV/AIDS, the Fund now supports international programs in the areas of maternal child health, nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, and science education. The total of all international health care access grants the past eleven years exceeds $330 million.

Jeff served under Governor Evan Bayh as Secretary of the 13,000-person Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and as Commissioner of the 900-person Indiana Department of Human Services. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the GMHC, the largest U.S. AIDS service organization, where he had been a volunteer ten years earlier.  Jeff also was a managing director in Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. healthcare practice. Jeff has been an adjunct professor at Indiana University and the City University of New York and currently teaches as a guest lecturer at Northwestern University on global health issues. Jeff started his professional career at Eli Lilly & Company.  He received all three of his degrees – JD in Law, MPA in Public Administration and  BA in History -- from Indiana University.