Nikita Japra joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2015. As an experienced special projects manager, she interprets health policy interests alongside scientific evidence to shed light on pressing public health issues – ultimately repackaging specialized information for lay audiences across cities, states, and global borders. Most recently, she has worked on the strategic development of the Foundation’s next health initiative.
In her last role, Ms. Japra was responsible for vetting, writing, and producing health and medical coverage across all NBC News platforms — providing editorial guidance for CNBC, MSNBC, and nationally broadcast television on TODAY and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Prior to joining NBC News, Ms. Japra worked across the education, documentary, and broadcast industries – reporting on breaking news and managing program initiatives tied to global health advocacy, medical research, and arts-driven social change. Her interest in the confluence of these areas began during her undergraduate education in International Relations and Writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a four-year Bloomberg Scholar.
Ms. Japra holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement, an M.P.H. in Population and Family Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and graduate certificates in both Media Management and Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research (CEOR). She has completed additional coursework in Narrative Medicine and in Risk Analysis at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, respectively.