Ms. Blanding serves as Vice President of grantmaking, overseeing the growth of biomedical research grantmaking through The Medical Foundation, as well as community health grantmaking in partnership with healthcare, governmental, and community-based clients. She brings over 12 years of experience in program planning, grantmaking, research, and evaluation in academia, health care, and local health department settings. Prior to joining HRiA, Ms. Blanding served as the Director of Health and Wellness at the Boston Foundation, where she oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of one of the Foundation’s strategic priorities to address the health needs of the people of Greater Boston, with a special focus on low-income people of color. She has also held positions at the Boston Public Health Commission, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College, a master’s degree with honors in public health from Long Island University, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct post-baccalaureate research in trauma-related risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder.