Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces Yvonne Massenburg as Next Chief People Officer

Human resources veteran Massenburg brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and business sectors

April 5, 2023 | 3 min read

BETHESDA, Md. — Today, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced that Yvonne Massenburg will join the organization as its next Chief People Officer. In the role, she will be responsible for the Foundation’s overall human resources strategy, serving as a strategic advisor and business partner to senior leadership as the organization works to advance its mission and strengthen its partnership with the cystic fibrosis community.   

Massenburg comes to the Foundation from the Association of American Medical Colleges, a nonprofit organization serving the academic medicine community. As its Chief Human Resources Officer since 2015, she has led the overall HR function for the organization’s nearly 800 employees. Most recently, she established and implemented innovative strategies on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and on the future of work.   

“An outstanding strategic, innovative, and results-oriented HR leader, Yvonne is ideally suited for the role of Chief People Officer, and she will help strengthen our organization as we enter this next era in CF,” said Irena Barisic, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Her exceptional background building organizational culture and supporting individual staff development will help us engage and retain top talent to support our strategic priorities, foster an inclusive workplace, and ensure a rewarding employee experience at the CF Foundation.”   

As Chief People Officer, Massenburg will lead a well-respected team of HR and DEI professionals, overseeing talent acquisition, talent management and development, performance management, total rewards, and employee relations and engagement. She will also be responsible for supporting and enhancing a values-driven organizational culture, guiding efforts to ensure staff find meaning in and connection to the Foundation’s mission.   

“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has achieved amazing progress because of the dedication and unwavering commitment of a talented team of employees,” said Massenburg. “I’m excited for this unique opportunity to help advance the Foundation’s mission and build upon a culture that prioritizes caring about people and embracing the belief that we are stronger together.”  

Prior to her tenure at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Massenburg served as head of human resources at the consulting firm Bates White LLC and held leadership positions at Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has extensive experience leading strategic efforts in talent management, employee experience initiatives, and organizational effectiveness and design. She holds an MBA from Purdue University and a BA in psychology from Hampton University.   

Massenburg will join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as Chief People Officer on May 15.  

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, visit  

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