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Meet the Judges


Judging will be conducted by an experienced Evaluation Panel, based on a scoring rubric. A distinguished Selection Committee will determine the winners at a final pitch event.


Selection Committee


photoSusan Braun

CEO, The V Foundation
Susan Braun is a businesswoman, a strategist, a health educator, and a passionate advocate for people with cancer. She has spent more than... click for more.


photoDr. Julia Brody

Executive Director; Senior Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
Dr. Julia Brody, executive director and senior scientist, is a leader in research on breast cancer and the environment and in community-based... click for more.


photoDr. Ross Brownson

Bernard Becker Professor, Washington University in St. Louis Brown School and School of Medicine
Ross Brownson, PhD, is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the translation of evidence to... click for more.


photoDr. Sarah Gehlert

Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina College of Social Work
Sarah Gehlert, PhD is Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor, and E. Desmond Lee Professor of... click for more.


photoDr. Jeanne Mandelblatt

Associate Director for Population Sciences, Director, Professor, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; Division of Health Outcomes and Health Behaviors, Department of Oncology
Dr. Mandelblatt is a tenured Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Georgetown University. With her... click for more.


photoShyrea Thompson

Founder and Principal, The IRIS Collaborative, LLC
Shyrea Thompson brings more than 15 years of advocacy, health care, education, workforce and outreach experience, in a variety of front-line roles... click for more.




Evaluation Panel


photoDr. Joseph G. Allen

Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He began his career conducting forensic health... click for more.



photoDr. Deb Bowen

Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
Dr. Bowen is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. She was recently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Community Health Sciences... click for more.



photoAnneMarie Ciccarella

Advocate, Writer, Blogger
AnneMarie Ciccarella was diagnosed with breast cancer over a decade ago. A breast cancer advocate with a focus on patient research partnerships, AnneMarie is a graduate of Project LEAD... click for more.



photoDr. Elaine Cohen Hubal

Senior Science Advisor, EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory
Dr. Cohen Hubal has over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental health. Throughout her career, she has focused on building the scientific basis for decisions and actions that enhance... click for more.



photoKen Cook

President and Co-Founder, Environmental Working Group
Ken Cook is widely recognized as one of the environmental community's most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy and the nation's broken approach to... click for more.



photoDr. Sue Fenton

Group Leader for Reproductive Endocrinology, National Toxicology Program Laboratory
Dr. Suzanne "Sue" Fenton earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of WI-Madison in the Endocrinology/Reproductive Physiology Program, working in the areas of artificial insemination and mammary gland biology... click for more.



photoDr. Francesca Gany

Chief, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Gany was the founder and Director of the Center for Immigrant Health, NYU School of Medicine, of the NYU Cancer Institute CORE Center... click for more.



photoDr. Richard J Jackson

Professor Emeritus, Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA
Richard Joseph Jackson is a Professor emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department... click for more.



photoDr. Erin Kobetz

Professor and Associate Director, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Erin Kobetz is a Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biochemistry, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine... click for more.



photoDr. Margaret Kripke

Professor (retired) and Chief Scientific Officer (retired), MD Anderson Cancer Center and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., is Professor of Immunology and Vivian Smith Chair Emerita... click for more.



photoDr. Phoenix Matthews

Professor and Clinical Psychologist, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
Dr. Phoenix Matthews has more than 20 years of experience in examining determinants of cancer-related health disparities with a particular focus on underserved populations. Their recent research focuses on the use of community-based... click for more.



photoDr. Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, University of Chicago
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Dean for Global Health, and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at the University of Chicago...click for more.



photoDr. Sandra Steingraber

Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College
Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment... click for more.



photoJoAnn Tsark

Director, Community Based Research, University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine
JoAnn Tsark, MPH serves as a Director of the Community Based Research Core of the RCMI Multidisciplinary and Translational Research... click for more.



photoDr. Reginald Tucker-Seeley

Edward L. Schneider Chair in Gerontology, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
Reginald Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD, is the inaugural holder of the Edward L. Schneider chair in gerontology and Assistant Professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC)... click for more.



photoDr. Richard B Warnecke

Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
Over the course of Dr. Warnecke's career, one of his primary research interests has been understanding, developing, and evaluating strategies that address the underlying issues that affect community access to state-of-the-art... click for more.



photoDr. Sacoby Wilson

Associate Professor University of Maryland School of Public Health
Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health... click for more.


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