Angelina Ruffin

Angelina Ruffin, PhD

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare
  • Dr. Ruffin has over 17 years of public service experience, managing performance improvement projects to improve health outcomes and address health disparities. From 2016 to 2020, Dr. Ruffin was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Director of Performance Management for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor Jim Kenney. Dr. Ruffin has previously served as the Director of Performance Management at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and policy advisor to former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and three Health Secretaries at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In addition, Dr. Ruffin has led multiple program evaluations for government and social service agencies and has championed the use of data to improve public policies and business practices. Dr. Ruffin serves as an academic advisor to MSSP+DA students and routinely teaches the following courses: Data for Equitable Justice Lab, Research & Evaluation Design, and Policy Analysis.

    Dr. Ruffin earned her PhD in Social Welfare from SP2 in 2021, along with graduate certificates in University Teaching and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies. Dr. Ruffin attended Cornell University and graduated in 2004 with a BS in Policy Analysis and Management. She was a Dean’s Healthcare Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, earning her master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management and graduating with distinction in 2005. Dr. Ruffin is originally from Philadelphia and is married with three children.









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