Terri Langston

Senior Editor, The Globalist

Terri Langston is Senior Editor at The Globalist.

Previously, she was a consultant to organizations such as the Open Society Foundations, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, the Consumer Health Foundation and the National Council on the Aging. The focus of her consulting work was on issues of poverty and the implementation of health reform in the United States.

From 1987 to 2010, she was senior program officer for health reform and director of programs at the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she pioneered foundations’ support of consumer advocacy on health and health reform on the state and national levels.

In 1993, she was among the early funders to support the efforts of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, to persuade countries to sign a treaty eradicating the use of antipersonnel landmines — an effort for which VVAF received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Throughout the 1990s, her program work at Public Welfare Foundation included support for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In 2008, Ms. Langston received the Terrence Kennan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, conferred annually by Grantmakers in Health to an individual whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievement.

Ms. Langston holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Emory University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany, where she prepared her dissertation on Paul Celan, one of the major German-language poets of the post-World War II era.

During her time in Germany, she was also engaged in delivering emergency supplies to Poland during the martial law period.

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