Lawrence (Larry) A. Soler is President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and strategies to end childhood obesity.
Soler joined PHA in January 2011, as the organization’s first employee. Under his leadership, PHA has garnered commitments with more than 70 private sector partners. These commitments are bringing Americans access to healthier, affordable foods; helping kids move more; ensuring healthier environments in childcare settings; and offering healthier choices in the marketplace for billions of customer visits.
Prior to joining PHA, Mr. Soler was Chief Operating Officer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a $200 million voluntary health organization. During his tenure leading JDRF Government Relations, the program was recognized by National Journal as one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington DC. The Wall Street Journal said “not since AIDS activists stormed scientific meetings in the 1980s has a patient group done more to set the agenda of medical research.” Time magazine called JDRF “one of the nation’s most forceful disease advocacy groups.”
He previously worked for eight years in federal relations positions at the Association of American Universities, focusing on education, health and immigration issues.
Mr. Soler received a B.A. with honors from Clark University and his J.D. from George Washington University. He is a member of both the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations. He serves on the boards of the JDRF and the National Institute of Health’s Cures Acceleration Network. His wife, Susan, and he have two daughters.