Lynn Mertz, PhD
Senior Strategic Policy Adviser
Lynn M. Mertz is a senior strategic policy adviser for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve America’s health through nursing. As adviser for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national effort of those same organizations to transform health care through nursing and build healthier communities for everyone in America, Lynn focuses on nursing education, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration. For more than two decades Lynn has worked in higher education, including at Bloomfield College, a private university in New Jersey, as well as for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide public policy association serving the private universities in New Jersey. Most recently, she served as deputy director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on addressing the nurse faculty shortage. Her areas of specialty within the field of higher education include program design and management, strategic planning, and fund development. In recent years, Lynn lived in Istanbul, Turkey, and worked at Özyeğin University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master of urban planning degree from New York University’s Wagner School, and a PhD in higher education policy from Seton Hall University.