Vedette Gavin is the CLF Ventures Director of Research for a two-year grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to assess the health impact of smart growth on low income communities where innovative, mixed-use real estate development aims to positively transform lives and health outcomes. She will be responsible for managing a large group of research partners, all contributing to the design of the study and ongoing monitoring, including the Massachusetts Agency Planning Commission, the Harvard School of Public Health, The MA Department of Health, and MIT, among others.
Vedette was previously the Director of Community Engagement at the Case Western Reserve Center for Reducing Health Disparities at MetroHealth, where she launched Healthy Eating Active Living, a community-led partnership that engaged residents in transforming neighborhood conditions to foster better health. Prior to that she spent seven years coordinating strategic population health initiatives in the areas of asthma, active transportation and patient experience. Her work is recognized by the American Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control, and Public Health England. Vedette is also the Co-Founder and Director of Programming and Partnerships for New Majority Community Labs, a social enterprise that uses the power of big data and community organizing to equip communities of color to launch community-derived, community-funded solutions to everyday challenges in their communities. Vedette is an Ohio native and holds a BS from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MPH from The Ohio State University, and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was an inaugural Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow.