Sue Grinnell is the new Director of the Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN). Sue brings over 30 years of experience in public health and leadership in the areas of strategic direction, innovation, and collaboration to this role. Sue also currently serves as the Director of Business Strategy and Technology at the Public Health Institute and oversees the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), bringing together partners, staff and resources to address complex problems affecting health and quality of life.  Sue has expertise and deep experience in population health to accelerate innovative investments, strategies and interventions that build healthier populations and realize a broad social and financial return.

Sue has held a variety of positions working to address issues such as chronic disease, access to prenatal care, and children’s health. Sue comes to PHI from the Washington State Department of Health, where she served as special assistant for Health Transformation and Innovation, and directed the departments of Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health as well as the Office of Healthy Communities. She also previously served as director for the Cowlitz County Health Department in Longview, Washington.  

Sue holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Leadership and Practice from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Oregon State University.