Geoffrey W. Wilkinson, MSW

Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work, and CISWH Leadership Core Director

Photograph of: Geoffrey Wilkinson headshot


Geoffrey W. Wilkinson, MSW, is Clinical Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), where he teaches community organizing and other macro practice courses and co-directs the Leadership in Group Work and Human Services Management specialization.  Before joining the BUSSW faculty in 2014, Wilkinson served for seven years on the senior management team of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as senior policy advisor to three commissioners and director of planning and policy.  He led the state’s CDC-funded initiative to develop a regional local public health system, managed preparation for accreditation of the state public health department, and oversaw efforts to promote workforce development for community health workers (CHWs), serving as founding chair of the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers.  He also taught health policy and politics as an adjunct faculty member of the Boston University School of Public Health.

As a consultant to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Wilkinson is leading a federally-funded project to provide technical assistance on CHW certification, financing, training, and workforce integration to four states.  He has consulted to multiple public and private sector organizations and serves on the boards of the National Association of Community Health Workers and Medical Legal Partnership/Boston.  He has been involved with the BU Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health since its inception, participating on the Center’s strategic planning committee, chairing its learning community on Community Health, and serving as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for externally-funded projects focused on CHW workforce development and health system transformation.

From 2002 – 2007, Wilkinson served as executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and from 1992 – 2001 as executive director of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council.  He led community organizing and successful coalition-based legislative campaigns on a range of public health-related issues in both positions.  Wilkinson also worked in the 1980s as a community organizer in Boston public housing. A life-long social justice activist, he is married with two adult children and two grandchildren. 


  • Wilkinson, G., Sager, A., Selig, S., Antonelli, R., Morton, S., et al. No Equity, No Triple Aim: Strategic Proposals to Advance Health Equity in a Volatile Policy Environment. American Journal of Public Health, 107(S3):S223-S228, Supplement 3, 2017.
  • Wilkinson, G.W., Mason, T., Hirsch, G., Calista, J.L., Toledo, J., Zotter, J. Community Health Worker Integration in Health Care, Public Health, and Policy: A Partnership Model. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 39 (1): 2-11, January – March, 2016.