BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller has significantly expanded the foundation’s stature as a premier source of private funding and support for research on Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Under her tenure, the Maryland-based nonprofit has nearly tripled its financial commitment to innovative, high-risk research that spans scientific disciplines and national borders.
Ms. Haller regularly appears on panels for scientific, health care, and philanthropic audiences and represents BrightFocus among public and private sector leaders in efforts to increase and diversify sources of research funding. Her honors and recognitions include Disruptive Women in Health Care naming her to its list of Disruptive Women to Watch and the thought leader Ideagen presenting her with their Global Leadership Award.
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. Additionally, she co-created the first Outcomes Measurement Training in the Mid-Atlantic region to improve nonprofit performance. Ms. Haller, whose board service includes America’s Charities, is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.