LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that it has elected Mark Rosenberg, MD, MPP, as its newest member. Dr. Rosenberg recently retired as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health, where he served from 2000 to 2016. Under his leadership, The Task Force grew to be one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country touching the lives of people in 135 countries.
Dr. Rosenberg’s leadership was characterized by a commitment to collaboration and compassion in global health. He co-authored Real Collaboration: What Global Health Needs to Succeed, which describes a model for global health collaboration that has been successfully applied to address health needs affecting the world’s most impoverished people.
While Dr. Rosenberg was president and CEO, The Task Force was instrumental in providing people in the developing world with greater access to vaccines for influenza, cholera and other deadly diseases, and medicines for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and several neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Rosenberg also was an influential voice in persuading the United Nations to recognize road safety as a public health crisis, at the time only the second such declaration that the UN had made.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Mark Rosenberg to our board,” said Steven M. Hilton, chairman of the board of directors of the Hilton Foundation. “Mark brings a high level of valuable experience to the group that will allow us to further our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people through strategic partnerships and smart solutions.”
Before joining The Task Force, Dr. Rosenberg served for 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including conducting early work on smallpox eradication, enteric diseases, and HIV/AIDS. He was instrumental in establishing CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and became the first permanent director in 1994, serving as director and Assistant Surgeon General.
Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations and academic institutions, including the Georgia Global Health Alliance, which he helped start. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology and internal medicine with training in public policy. He serves on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine, the Rollins School of Public Health and Morehouse School of Medicine, and on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard School of Public Health.
About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2016, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to The Task Force for Global Health, an international, nonprofit organization that works to improve health of people most in need, primarily in developing countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.