Meet the Analytical, Responsive New Interim Vice President at TCWF

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) has named an interim vice president of programs to replace Christina M. Regalado, who served in the post for more than a decade. No word on why Regalado decided to leave TCWF, but her interim replacement is TCWF veteran Fatima Angeles, who has been with the foundation for nearly 15 years. Examining Angeles's CV will help indicate how she will direct the distribution of TCWF's millions in yearly grants. (See TCWF: Grants for Health Policy and Access.)

Angeles graduated from UC Berkeley in 1992 and earned a master's in public health from Columbia University. The very next year she started at TCWF as a program director for the foundation's Children and Youth Community Health Initiative, where she focused on environmental health and work and health. After eight years in that position, she was tapped to lead a big change in TCWF's giving strategy.

It was in 2006 that the foundation announced it would be shifting toward a new paradigm that it called "responsive grantmaking" — balancing TCWF's initial emphasis on "proactive" giving with a new, more "responsive approach." As the director of evaluation and organizational learning, Angeles was tasked with analyzing the success of the new strategy, along with other development and management responsibilities.

And as the interim vice president of programs, Angeles will likely turn that same analytical eye to the broader duties of what TCWF calls the "day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department." Her familiarity with the foundation's past giving means she isn't likely to take the grantmaking in a surprising direction, especially in an interim position. But it's safe to assume that, as one of the architects of the shift to "responsive grantmaking," Angeles will be on the lookout for potential grantees that fulfill one of that paradigm's four central goals:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth, and residents of rural areas;
  • To support and strengthen non-profit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations;
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities; and
  • To inform the development of public policies that promote wellness and enhance access to preventive health care.