Dean's Advisory Council member: John M. Marraffa Jr.


John M. Marraffa Jr., RPh

Regional Healthcare Director
New York state and Michigan
Walgreen Co.
NYS Board of Pharmacy Member

John Marraffa is the regional healthcare director for Michigan and New York for Walgreens Co. He is responsible for executing regional healthcare strategies that integrate all Walgreens healthcare offerings. He advises on pharmacy strategy, engages and empowers others, leads change and drives results using management principles, employee development and relationship building.

Marraffa received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2003, where he served as president of his class.

On Sept. 16, 2014, Marraffa was appointed to the New York State Board of Pharmacy. He serves on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services, where he is responsible for reviewing existing state laws and regulations pertaining to the provision of pharmacist care outside of the traditional pharmacy setting. The task force reviews and recommends revisions to the NABP Model Act to assist other boards of pharmacy. Marraffa also serves on the New York State Board of Pharmacy Technology Committee, Part III Exam and Executive Committees.

In April 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office appointed Marraffa to the New York State Medicaid Pharmacy Advisory Committee. On this committee, he provides expertise related to developing and maintaining Medicaid policies that improve patient healthcare outcomes while supporting the practice of community pharmacy.

In 2015, Marraffa joined the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences President's Advisory Council. He was selected by ACPHS President Greg Dewey to offer insight into how educational institutions should respond to long-term trends in the health science and healthcare industries. The President's Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in the corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

In March of 2016, Marraffa was appointed as chair of the New York State Board of Pharmacy Counseling Committee, charged with ensuring that patients are appropriately counseled on their medication regimens in the community setting. The committee will also study the barriers that currently exist in various settings that prevent pharmacists from adequately counseling.

Marraffa serves as an adjunct experiential preceptor for the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is an active member of the ACPHS Professionalism Task Force, Experiential Education Advisory Panel and was president of the ACPHS Alumni Council from 2008 to 2011.

As an involved community member, Marraffa has served on the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Planning Committee and received the Shining Star Award in 2011 for exemplary service to the organization. John is currently the Corporate Social Responsibility Champion where he champions the positive impact that WBA has on the communities that we protect and serve.

Marraffa and his wife Lauren have two sons, Nico and JJ, and their boxer dog, Roxy. They reside in Fayetteville, N.Y.