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Judy Lubin

Leadership – Judy Lubin, PhD

Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH is a sociologist, policy analyst, racial justice advocate and founder and president of the Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE).  She has 20 years of experience working at the intersection of racial equity, public health, communications, and policy advocacy. She is also a researcher in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University where she leads community-centered urban research initiatives.

Dr. Lubin has devoted her career to promoting equity and improving outcomes for underserved and marginalized communities. She began her career in Washington, DC training women of color advocates across the country as the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the National Minority AIDS Council. She previously served as health equity strategist for the New Orleans Health Department, former director of Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity, a RWJF-funded initiative of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, and was founding director of the American Medical Group Association’s three-year national campaign (Measure Up/Pressure Down) to improve hypertension care processes and patient outcomes.

She has led major racial and health equity organizational change and high stakes campaigns and initiatives on behalf of government agencies and nonprofit organizations including the Allegheny County Health Department, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Enterprise Community Partners, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and CommonBond Communities and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. In 2020, under her leadership, CURE released the Racial Justice Presidential Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind analysis rating major candidates on their policy positions through a racial equity lens., featured in the New York Times, theRoot, Essence and other national and local media.

Dr. Lubin is a former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Public Health Fellow and co-founder of Sociologists for Justice, an independent collective of over 2000 scholars organized in response to the disproportionate killing of black people by police. She previously served as a professorial lecturer in the Department of Sociology at American University and communications director for the Black Women’s Health Imperative and WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

She is frequently called upon by media for her expertise on race, politics, health and social policy and has been featured on national and local media including CNN, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal,, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera TV, CityLab, ThinkProgress, theRoot, Ebony Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Reuters, XM Satellite Radio.

Judy earned a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Florida State University, Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and PhD in sociology from Howard University. A first-generation Haitian American, Dr. Lubin grew up in Miami’s rich cultural milieu of immigrants from the Caribbean and Central and South America. This experience profoundly shaped her sense of justice, equity and appreciation of the beauty and humanity of all people.