As the President and CEO of BrightFocus Foundation, Stacy Pagos Haller has led the organization through strong and consistent growth in its support for innovative scientific research worldwide in the fields of Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Under her tenure, BrightFocus has significantly expanded the reach of its resources for families impacted by these diseases.
Ms. Haller initiated and oversaw a major 2013 name rebrand, moving from the American Health Assistance Foundation to become BrightFocus, a reflection of a renewed mission to harness the power of science and public awareness to end diseases of mind and sight. She has spoken on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies, and has strengthened BrightFocus collaboration with scientific, corporate, and advocacy partners both nationally and internationally. The global thought leader Ideagen named Ms. Haller to its 2016 Power 100 List of Individuals Empowering Women and Girls.
She currently serves on a number of boards including: the advisory council for the congressionally-authorized Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); the Board of Directors for America's Charities; and the Age-Friendly Montgomery (MD) Advisory Group.
Prior to assuming the leadership of BrightFocus in 2010, Ms. Haller served as the Executive Director of CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, the world's largest children's cancer research organization. Ms. Haller is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.