Roger Swartz joined RefugePoint as Managing Director in October 2014. Roger brings significant leadership and management experience, most extensively in public health policy and practice. Roger came to RefugePoint from the Positive Deviance Initiative where he was responsible for managing and implementing projects to reduce social isolation among older adult residents of public housing in East Harlem, improve school performance among young boys of color in the Bronx and support polio eradication efforts in Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to his work as Executive Director at PDI, Roger worked at the Boston Public Health Commission where he was Director of the Community Initiatives Bureau for ten years. In this role, Roger was responsible for managing more than sixty staff and numerous programs in the Divisions of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control, Environmental Health, Healthy Homes & Community Supports and Civic Engagement & Advocacy. Roger also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and was instrumental in establishing the Tobacco Prevention & Control Program in MA. Having worked in Africa and the Middle East, Roger brings significant experience managing and implementing international public health programs. He has worked with John Snow, Inc., World Vision International and the Peace Corps.