Current Leader

Katie Brennan

Katie Brennan
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Business/Private Sector, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Economic Stability, Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children (6-11 years), Children and Families, Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Users, Homeless Populations, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, Low-Income Communities, Older Adults (65+), People with Addictions, People with Disabilities, Rural Communities, Urban Communities
Chief of Staff
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

Katie envisions a world of silo-breaking, efficient, effective government at the state and national level. Her guiding principal is her belief that housing is health care. Housing is intersectional—integration, environmental justice, school district, access to food and transit, environmental and mental stability. It is preventative health. Systems are too often built in silos to address symptoms instead of recognizing the intertwined causes of equity disparities. Through good government and good public policy, institutions can create a culture of health.

Katie launched the first-in-the-nation statewide hospital partnership with the New Jersey housing finance agency. This work leverages health systems as anchor institutions in their communities and creates a path for direct investment into the creation of affordable housing. She plans to expand this work into permanent ties between housing and health care institutions—creating a world where health, housing, and social support agencies are intertwined. When previously siloed institutions work together for safe, decent, and affordable housing, it will build a world where housing is both prevention and prescription.

As a Culture of Health Leader, Katie hopes to build alliances across sectors and plan for a better, more effective government. She will hone her communication skills to better advocate for change and to transform policy, systems, and institutions. Through an inclusive approach to policy and systems we can build truly inclusive institutions.


Katie is a persistent collaborator who enjoys bringing innovation to scale. Her values are rooted in her background in community planning and housing as intersectional disciplines. As a public servant, she believes that government can solve root causes of health and equity disparities. Her identity as a survivor informs her approach as an advocate changing patriarchal systems of power. As a Culture of Health Leader, she hopes to collaborate and build alliances across sectors, ultimately to change policy, making structures work better and making better institutions that create better outcomes for people.





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