Vashti Rutledge

Northeast Regional Fellow

As AIT’s Northeast Regional Fellow, Vashti works will AIT’s community and partners in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

Vashti is the Senior Director of Community Engagement for the Center for Closing the Health Gap. A Cincinnati nonprofit working to eliminate health disparities by empowering, engaging and advocating along-side community members. Prior to joining The Health Gap, Vashti launched and led the Cincinnati site for the Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit that trusts and invests directly in families so they can achieve prosperity for themselves and their community. Previously she served as Program Officer at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and Program Associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she gained substantial experience in philanthropy and the non-profit funding with a focus on children, families, and vulnerable populations. Her experience working directly with nonprofits to provide funding, technical assistance and capacity building support gave her insight into the challenges communities face working with inadequate access to social and financial capital.


Today, she has deepened her commitment to change starting in her hometown of Cincinnati by working alongside the Cincinnati community and empowering others to be the change agents to transform their health, lives, and community. Vashti is committed to leveraging her voice and position to advocate for bringing community voices and asset-based engagement into programs and services to achieve more equitable outcomes. She spends her free-time laughing with and chasing after her beautiful daughter.