Pamela Riley, The Commonwealth Fund

TITLE: Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform

FUNDING AREAS: Health care for vulnerable populations

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PROFILE: Riley is an assistant vice president at the Commonwealth Fund. Her foundation bio shares:

Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., is vice president for Delivery System Reform at The Commonwealth Fund. Her area of focus is on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations, including low-income groups, racial and ethnic minorities, and uninsured populations. Dr. Riley was previously program officer at the New York State Health Foundation, where she focused on developing and managing grantmaking programs in the areas of integrating mental health and substance use services, addressing the needs of returning veterans and their families, and diabetes prevention and management. Earlier in her career, Dr. Riley served as clinical instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In this capacity, she was a general pediatrician and associate medical director for Pediatrics at the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in East Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Riley served as a Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Global Health Policy Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and has served as a volunteer physician in Peru and Guatemala. Dr. Riley received an M.D. from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2000, and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., in 2003. Dr. Riley received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2009.

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Kristin Schubert, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Public health issues for vulnerable populations and adolescents

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PROFILE: Schubert is the interim assistant vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Kristin Schubert, interim assistant vice president - program, helps to shape the Foundation’s strategy to promote ways to improve the health of children and families, particularly the connection between child health and family well-being and nurturing environments in which children can thrive. Her efforts support building a Culture of Health that helps all children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively to the best of their ability. As she puts it “we must learn as a nation how much early childhood matters to lifelong health, longevity, and prosperity. Helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future.”
Schubert also manages RWJF programs that address the need for children to grow up at a healthy weight. Through alliances with a growing coalition of civic and business leaders, she advances changes in public policy, community environments, and industry practices that can help all children have a healthy start in life. This includes programs for family and social support, including affordable child care, and mental and emotional well-being. She believes that far too many children across the nation lack nutritious foods, energetic play, and positive social and emotional environments, all of which affect their health at every stage of life.
Since Schubert joined RWJF in 2000, her work has focused on applying a public health perspective to the health issues faced by vulnerable populations, particularly children and adolescents. She praises RWJF’s pioneering approaches to helping vulnerable families get the care and services they need.
Previously, Schubert was a policy analyst for the Centers for Disease Control-funded Prevention Research Center, focusing on barriers to health among vulnerable populations and youth health and development issues. Trained as a molecular biologist, she began her career as a cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Schubert holds an MPH in health policy and administration from Yale University and a BS in molecular biology from Lehigh University. Raised in a family of teachers—her mother, father, aunt, and sister have all dedicated themselves to education—she is the devoted mother of two young boys.

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Nike Irvin, California Community Foundation

Nike Irvin has been busy using her longtime experience to make some of Los Angeles’ charities even stronger. As Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation (CCF), Irvin has utilized her leadership skills to work on special initiatives in areas like arts, education, health care and human development. It’s safe to say that without Irvin many sectors of the population would be in dire straits.
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Anne Weiss, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and healthcare

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PROFILE: Before Anne Weiss joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999, this Detroit native by way of Harvard's Kennedy School, oversaw the indigent care program in New Jersey hospitals and directed the implementation of New Jersey's subsidized health-care program for the working uninsured. Her foundation bio shares: 

Anne F. Weiss, managing director, leads the Foundation’s efforts to build a Culture of Health by transforming health and health care systems.
Weiss joined the Foundation in 1999, after a distinguished career in health care policy at both the federal and state level. She served as senior assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, where she directed the state’s oversight of the quality of care delivered by health care providers and health plans, and was also responsible for the state’s hospital indigent care programs. She worked with physicians and hospitals throughout the state to issue New Jersey’s first report card on health care quality. Weiss also served as executive director of New Jersey’s blue-ribbon health reform panel, the Essential Health Services Commission, where she directed implementation of a subsidized health benefits program for the working uninsured.
Previously, Weiss spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., as professional staff to the United States Senate Committee on Finance and as a senior examiner with the Office of Management and Budget. She also has served as a program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, was a member of the steering committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy, and served on the board of the National Association of Health Data Organizations.
Weiss received her MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a BA in history and political science from Wellesley College.

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David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Managing Director, Health

FUNDING AREAS: Access to healthcare, community health partnerships, food insecurity, and healthy housing and environments

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PROFILE: David Fukuzawa is the managing director of The Kresge Foundation's Health program. His foundation shares: 

David D. Fukuzawa, managing director of Kresge's Health and Human Services Programs, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a special focus on children and youth.
His experience as a youth worker and community organizer in Detroit and Chicago taught him that health and well-being are profoundly affected by the condition of the communities, schools and environment in which people live. Those lessons inform the efforts he has led to re-envision and redesign Kresge’s approach to health grantmaking.
David joined Kresge in 2000 and has served as a program officer and senior program officer. In 2002, he helped develop the Special Opportunities Initiative. The initiative focused on building the capacity of high-impact organizations that reached underserved populations, but were uncompetitive in the foundation’s historic bricks-and-mortar challenge program. He then managed the initiative.
He was a program officer at The Skillman Foundation in Detroit from 1990 to 1999. At Skillman, David focused on child and youth health. He was responsible for a major initiative to address the lack of safe and accessible out-of-school opportunities for Detroit youth, a major factor in the city’s high incidence of violence, delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. He also helped develop Michigan’s first statewide childhood immunization registry.
Before his career in philanthropy, David served as director of human needs at New Detroit, Inc. (NDI), where he was responsible for policy analysis and development, particularly in the areas of welfare reform and health care reform. He drafted NDI’s policy statement for health care reform and was NDI’s liaison to the Michigan Legislature regarding liability/tort reform and its effect on physicians in Detroit. He also administered a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which established the first school-based health centers in the Detroit Public Schools.
David moved to Detroit in 1981, fresh from seminary, to work with youth on the streets, where he learned firsthand about the roots of urban drug-related violence. That experience directly informed a booklet, which he co-wrote while at NDI titled Drug Free Neighborhoods: How we can do it.  The Michigan Substance Abuse and Traffic Safety Information Center reprinted the booklet in 1993 with a new title, Creating Drug Free Neighborhoods in Michigan: How we can do it.
A Yale University graduate, David also holds a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University. He has published articles about urban issues and population health, including “Achieving Healthy Communities through Community-centered Health Systems” in the Winter 2013 edition of National Civic Review.

Stacey Barbas, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Health

FUNDING AREAS: Health disparities and public health

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PROFILE: Stacey Barbas is a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

As a senior program officer for Health, Stacey Barbas helps oversee grantmaking and investing aimed at reducing health disparities by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes. She works with grantees engaged in innovative, cross-sector, interdisciplinary efforts to mitigate the social and environmental factors leading to health disparities. Stacey invites and reviews grant requests from nonprofit organizations and safety-net health institutions addressing the social and environmental factors that disproportionately affect at-risk communities.
“As a member of the Health team, I feel privileged to help provide resources to organizations that are working with vulnerable, disenfranchised populations and improving the health of their communities,” says Stacey, who makes site visits to grantees in underserved urban and rural areas. “Through Kresge’s grantmaking, these communities often are given the opportunity to have a voice and choices in their health that they may not have had before.”
Stacey has been involved in charitable work since 1985. Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served for five years as executive director of the Michigan AIDS Fund, a statewide grantmaking organization. Earlier, she worked 16 years at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where she held various positions, including director of information services and manager of the 2-1-1 call center, an around-the-clock information and referral service.

After graduating from Wayne State University, Stacey earned a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University.

Sandra J. Martínez, The California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Director of Public Policy

FUNDING AREAS: Public policy in healthcare

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PROFILE: Sandra J. Martínez serves as director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation, where her official bio shares:

Sandra J. Martínez is director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation. In this capacity, she plans, coordinates and oversees Cal Wellness’ public policy activities as a means of advancing its mission, achieving its goals and amplifying the impact of its grantmaking. She is responsible for grantmaking related to advancing public policy, which addresses health issues from a systemic perspective and supports efforts focused on improving policies or conditions using activities such as education, advocacy, civic engagement and policy analysis.

Martínez joined Cal Wellness as a program director in January 2002 and became the director of public policy in 2011. Previously, Martínez directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and directed other community-organizing efforts at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She has also conducted extensive research on health-related issues such as the effects of the AIDS epidemic on teens, co-authoring a chapter of “The AIDS Challenge: Prevention Education for Young People” and “The Los Angeles County Adolescent HIV Strategic Plan.”

Currently she serves on the advisory board for the California Health Interview Survey and on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Trade Tech College Foundation. In 2010, she was a fellow in the inaugural class of Grantmakers In Health’s Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, and also completed a four-year term as a commissioner for the city of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families (2006 to 2010). She is a past community-funding board member for the Liberty Hill Seed Fund; past president of the board of the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles; and a former board member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, and the California Child, Youth and Family Coalition.

She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

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