Nancy Brown has been chief executive officer of the American Heart Association since 2008. The association is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Under her leadership, the Association established the first-ever definition of “cardiovascular health” and announced its bold 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.
During her tenure as CEO, Nancy has also led the organization to many significant advances, including:
- Launching the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, a ground-breaking research enterprise focused on fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine that includes:
- MyResearchLegacy™, which puts patients and their needs at the center of scientific research;
- One Brave Idea™, an unprecedented $75 million/5-year research collaboration with Verily and AstraZeneca which aims to end coronary heart disease and its consequences; and
- The Center for Accelerated Drug Discovery™, a cutting-edge platform for drug discovery that uses the state-of-the-art super-computing technology of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to validate targeted drug hypotheses and reduce time to market of new therapies by as much as 50 percent; and
- Cultivating a strategic business relationship with Amazon Web Services centered on the precision medicine data marketplace.
- Convening the AHA’s CEO Roundtable, comprised of CEOs from the largest and most influential corporations in America driving new workplace health solutions;
- Advancing a number of critical new mission-aligned and revenue business enterprises for the Association; and
- Evolving the Association’s first-ever integrated global strategy which has expanded the organization’s international presence and impact.
In addition to her efforts for the AHA, Brown is co-chairman of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, vice-chairman of the Truth Initiative, and serves as a member of the boards of directors of the World Economic Forum Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, Research!America, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Valentin Fuster-Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health and Empowerment. She also serves as a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the Phillips Advisory Board and Leadership18. She is a past chairman of the board of the National Health Council.