South Africa Partners Names JudyAnn Bigby as Exec. Director

JudyAnn Bigby
May 11, 2017 — South Africa Partners, a Boston-based nonprofit that seeks to build mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and South Africa in the areas of health and education, this week announced that JudyAnn Bigby has been named executive director.

Bigby, chosen following an international search, succeeds Mary Tiseo, co-founder of South Africa Partners, who stepped down after leading the organization for 20 years.

“We are delighted to announce that JudyAnn Bigby will assume the role of executive director,” said Ilana Hurwitz, board president. “We believe we have found the ideal person to lead the organization going forward and we are confident that, under Dr. Bigby’s leadership, we will deepen our impact on health and education in South Africa.”

Bigby, a nationally recognized health policy expert, has more than 30 years' experience in health care delivery systems reforms, community health program implementation and evaluation, and strategies to achieve health equity.

She has been involved with South Africa Partners as a member of the board of advisors and the board of directors for more than 15 years. She also has consulted on South Africa Partners’ programs, including the Albertina Sisula Executive Leadership Programme in Health.

“I am very excited to start work with South Africa Partners in my new role,” said Bigby. “South Africa Partners is committed to advancing health and education opportunities for all South Africans as the path to achieving true equality. I look forward to working with the board and all our partners in the U.S. and South Africa.”

Bigby most recently served as a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research.

Earlier, she served as Massachusetts secretary of health and human services, from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, Bigby served as director of community health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, working with community-based organizations, providers, and public health departments to improve population health and address disparities in health with a focus on low-income and minority women.

In 2011, President Obama appointed her as one of the inaugural members of the advisory group on prevention, health promotion, and integrative and public health of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council.

She holds Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

South Africa Partners launched in 1997, emerging from the U.S. anti-apartheid movement, to channel to bring together the skills, talent and resources needed to help build the new South Africa and the next generation of leaders in education, health care, and community service delivery.