Vedette R. Gavin is public health practitioner, social entrepreneur and warrior for social change.
Currently, Vedette serves as the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, MA. There, she oversees a nine-city research consortium that convenes community residents, universities and government agencies to understand and address the impacts of urban development and gentrification on the health and well-being of residents of historically under-resourced communities. Vedette is also a strategic consultant, building strategy to help public sector organizations such as the Trust for Public Land, the Leadership Center (UK) and startups like OpenPolicing.org eliminate disparities in health, environmental justice, black male achievement and police brutality.
In 2014, Vedette co-founded New Majority Community Labs, a social enterprise that equips people of color to create and own solutions to civic challenges in their communities. Prior to that, Vedette served as the Director of Community Engagement at the Case Western Reserve Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Cleveland, Ohio where she launched Healthy Eating Active Living, a community-led partnership that engaged thousands of Clevelanders in transforming their neighborhoods to foster better health. Her work to build opportunity and advance equity has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Profit, American Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control and Public Health England. Vedette is an Ohio native and proud graduate of Columbus Public Schools. She holds a BS from the University of Maryland, an MPH from Ohio State University, and a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.