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PROFILE: Lorina Marshall-Blake has been the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation since October 2011, which is when the foundation was first established. She shares the following information about her current role:
- Chief Representative of the Foundation to governmental organizations, the business community, charitable organizations, and the community at large
- Strategic decision maker for the IBC Foundation
- Responsible for financial and administrative operation of $65 million Foundation, including overseeing the grant making process
- Cultivate and maintain relationships between the Foundation and grantees, board members, and other key stakeholders
- Facilitate the development of partnerships and programs to carry out the mission of the Foundation
- Keep abreast of community health care needs and interests as they relate to the Foundation’s mission
- Actively seek opportunities to speak for the Foundation before groups and on occasions that will further the goals of the IBC Foundation
- Collaborate with the board to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with Foundation’s core mission
- Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff, and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable Foundation to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives
- Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
- Ensure that the flow of funds permits Foundation to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential
- Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization
- Marshall-Blake previously worked as the vice president for government relations for Independence Blue Cross for 20 years. Before that, she held various roles at Philadelphia Gas Works.
Her professional bio shares:
Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake is Vice President of Community Affairs for Independence Blue Cross and also President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. She is an expert in Corporate Management, Public Relations and Communications. Marshall-Blake’s decisions not only have a major impact on Blue Cross’s over 3 million subscribers, but the multi-billion health insurance industry as a whole. Her responsibility is to ensure that decision makers, at the highest levels, have a clear understanding of Blue Cross’s goals and objectives and its commitment to subscribers. In 1991, Marshall-Blake began her role at Blue Cross working with the local, state and federal legislators, and agencies on matters relevant to Independence Blue Cross. Marshall-Blake has 35 years of experience in corporate management, public relations, and communications. She began her professional career as an administrative assistant working in major corporations in the Philadelphia area. In 1980, Marshall-Blake worked as assistant to the president of Philadelphia Gas Works. In 1988, she was promoted to Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Philadelphia Gas Works. Marshall-Blake grew up in the Philadelphia area. She is one of five children. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Antioch College and a Master of Arts in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently studying at Palmer Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity degree. On May 20, 2007, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. In addition to her corporate responsibility, Marshall-Blake serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church. Marshall-Blake exhibits a strong commitment to the community. She is people-centered, highly motivated, and uses a participatory approach to problem solving. She is affiliated with over 30 professional and civic organizations. Among her affiliations are the United Negro College Fund, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Federal Affairs Committee, Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Governor’s Patient Safety Authority. She is also affiliated with 2000 African American Women, the Community College of Philadelphia, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Marshall-Blake says, “We have to take knowledge and pass it on. We must mentor our young men and women. We must reach back and give.” In her community, she serves as a mentor to eight “daughters,” a group of young adult women who are in the process of establishing their careers. Marshall-Blake has three children: Julian, Chawnda, and Jamila and one grandchild, Jamile.
You can read some of her blog posts on Independence Insights.