Fred Mann, vice president of Communications, oversees all external and internal communications strategy and implementation for the Foundation. An 11-year veteran at RWJF, Fred manages a staff of communications professionals handling digital, print, video, speech, and social communications. With his team of managers—and in conjunction with the heads of other Foundation departments—he creates strategy to elevate the work of the Foundation and to promote the building of a Culture of Health. Through oversight of executive communications, staff speech training, and active outreach to Foundation program leadership and staff, he has helped create a Culture of Health Ambassador program that sends trained staff to various venues across the country promoting greater understanding and spreading of the Foundation’s goals.
Before coming to the Foundation, Fred spent 23 years with The Philadelphia Inquirer as features editor, Sunday magazine editor, and assistant managing editor. He edited and wrote for two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects for The Inquirer. He also created and ran the newspaper’s website, Philly.com, one of the first U.S. newspaper online operations. He served the newspaper’s parent company Knight Ridder as vice president for national programming for the chain’s 28 websites.
Prior to working in Philadelphia, Fred was national editor and later Op-Ed editor of the Hartford Courant, and a politics and education reporter for The Day newspaper of New London, Conn. He also created a syndicated West Coast news service that provided coverage to a dozen major papers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Newsday, Miami Herald, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), the Detroit Free Press, The Atlanta Constitution, Kansas City Star, and others. He has reported for TIME magazine and other national journals. And he served as press secretary in the United States Senate to Sen. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (R-CT) for three years.
Mann has lectured and written on new media ethics for the Poynter Institute and has been a regular speaker at online journalism conferences around the country. He was a founding board member of the Online News Association and formerly served on the board of directors of the Communications Network, the Internet Business Alliance, and the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation. He is a graduate of Stanford University, a father to a blended family of seven children with now eight grandchildren (!), a weekend hiker, and a recently retired third baseman for a baseball team that played every weekend from April through November for 27 years.