C.J. Eisenbarth Hager is Director, Healthy Communities for Vitalyst Health Foundation. Vitalyst is an independent, non-partisan public foundation with four overarching priorities, which includes working with municipal leaders to promote healthy community design. Her work centers on promoting public policies and strategies that support healthy people and places. As a result, her work touches a number of different specialties and policy areas, including urban planning, land use, transportation, urban design, housing, community development and sustainability.
Prior to Vitalyst, C.J. was a Senior Policy Analyst for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, where she focused on education, workforce and the economy. C.J. also served as the Director of Government Affairs for NeighborWorks America and has held positions with the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
C.J. received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Kansas State University, where she was given the Alumni Honoree award for her professional accomplishments. She currently serves on the boards of directors for The Funders’ Network and Trellis (formerly NHS of Phoenix).