Rani E. Snyder, MPA

Rani E. Snyder, MPA

Program Director

Rani Snyder is Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy with the vision of a nation where all older adults receive high-value, evidence-based health care, are treated with respect and dignity, and have their goals and preferences honored. With more than 25 years of experience in working with pre-eminent health care institutions across the nation, Rani has demonstrated experience in identifying and guiding health care programs that have set the standard for medical best practices, increased medical education opportunities, and maximizing resources to improve health care broadly.

Prior to joining The John A. Hartford Foundation, Rani served with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for 14 years, starting as a program officer with a promotion to director for the Foundation’s Health Care Programs. In that capacity, she managed more than $278 million in Health Care Grants to major medical facilities throughout the country, focusing on Aging and Quality of Life Programs as well as the Foundation’s $159 million investment in its Cardiovascular Clinical Research Program. During her tenure, Rani worked alongside the country’s most forward-thinking educators and pioneering health care providers to create educational and clinical programs that have significantly advanced how patient care is delivered. These include collaborative and groundbreaking programming at prestigious medical institutions such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School, and UCLA’s academic health centers.

Currently, Rani serves as a board member for Grantmakers in Aging, a membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging, and on the board of managers for the Delmonico Plaza, a business high rise condominium complex at 55 East 59th Street in New York City. Previously she served as a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division from 2014-2016. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Health Care Policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, followed by a doctoral program in Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Public Health. She began her professional career with The John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health Care Cost and Quality (HCCQ) program before transitioning to supporting health policy initiatives at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City.

Rani’s career has been directed toward creating opportunities to improve the health of older adults through increased access to quality health care, enhanced health care delivery, improved medical education, collaborative partnerships, and expanded nursing and caregiver training. She brings that experience to The John A. Hartford Foundation to coordinate initiatives that will foster collaboration among academic institutions, health systems and medical providers to improve health care for all older adults.

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