Vedette Gavin is the Director of Research and Partnerships for CLF Ventures. In this capacity, she is responsible for building cross-sector partnerships with public agencies, non-profit organizations, academic leaders, community groups, and neighborhood residents to understand complex challenges at the intersection of urban development, neighborhoods and health. She currently oversees the Healthy Neighborhoods Research Consortium, a nine-city participatory action research (PAR) network that combines the power of big data, community-based research, and community organizing to understand and address the impacts of urban development on the health and well-being of residents of historically marginalized and under resourced communities and neighborhoods through translational research and metrics. Partners include the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Health, and community-based organizations in nine neighborhoods in eastern Massachusetts.
Vedette was previously the Director of Community Engagement at the Case Western Reserve Center for Reducing Health Disparities at MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio, 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.