Marcella Nunez-Smith

Board of Directors Vice Chair, The Community Foundation

  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2018
  • Committee Membership: Executive; Finance; Community Strategies and Knowledge (Chair); Governance

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine. ERIC's research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants.

In 2020, Dr. Nunez-Smith was asked to co-chair President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board and will lead the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, and Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE) at Yale University.

Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale RWJF CSP where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.