GIH Board of Directors
GIH's board of directors includes executives and other senior staff of foundations and corporate giving programs working at the local, regional, and national level.
Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is Vice President of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Allen-Davis transitioned, after 25 years in the field, from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente’s Health Plan Leadership team. Her former roles at Kaiser Permanente include Associate Medical Director of External Relations for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, Regional Director of Patient Safety, and Physician Chief of the Wheat Ridge Medical Offices. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Arizona. In addition to serving as Board Chair for Grantmakers In Health, she currently serves on the boards of The Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Foundation, Colorado Association of Funders Board of Directors, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mile High United Way, and National Jewish Health. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Robert Hughes, PhD, became President and CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) in 2012. Before joining MFH, he was a Visiting Research Professor in the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University and served in various leadership positions for over 20 years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hughes was Assistant Professor of Health Administration and Policy at Arizona State University, and a Pew Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published extensively, focusing mostly on philanthropic learning, the effect of grantmaking on improving health and health care, and health policy issues. A native of Illinois, Dr. Hughes received his doctorate in behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Joseph Rosier, Jr., CFA, is the President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation, a position he has held since 1995. The Rapides Foundation is a health legacy foundation whose mission is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. The foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: healthy people, education, and healthy communities. Under Mr. Rosier’s leadership, the foundation has continually updated its funding strategies and initiatives to reflect expert advice, issue-specific information and evidence-based research. Mr. Rosier currently serves as Treasurer for the board of Grantmakers In Health; Secretary/Treasurer for the board of the Southeastern Council of Foundations; Chairman of the Governing Board of Rapides Healthcare System; and represents The Rapides Foundation at the regional and state levels in multiple advisory, steering, and participatory roles. Mr. Rosier received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), with membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst with an extensive background in accounting, financial, estate, gift and strategic planning, portfolio management, and administration.
David Fukuzawa, MDiv, MSA, Managing Director of The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a special focus on vulnerable 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. Mr. Fukuzawa joined the foundation in 2000 and has served as a Program Officer and Senior Program Officer. In 2002 he helped develop, and subsequently managed, the Special Opportunities Initiative, which 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. A Yale University graduate, Mr. Fukuzawa also holds a master of divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University. He has written and edited numerous publications about urban neighborhood issues.
Peter Long, PhD, is President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He previously served in leadership roles at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. Dr. Long has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national, and global levels, and has written on a variety of health policy topics. Dr. Long was Director of Development and Programs and then Executive Director of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, and a Legislative Analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network in Cape Town, South Africa, during the country’s transition to democracy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University; his master’s degree in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2011 Dr. Long was inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Hall of Fame.
President and CEO
Faith Mitchell, PhD, is President and CEO of Grantmakers In Health (GIH). Previously she served as Vice President for Program and Strategy at the organization. Before joining GIH, Dr. Mitchell was Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) where she was responsible for the health disparities portfolio. Dr. Mitchell spent 12 years at the National Academies, both at the IOM and as a Center Director in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education. She has also held leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State, The San Francisco Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Throughout her career, Dr. Mitchell has worked on the application of social science to domestic and international public policy, and health policy and programs. She has written numerous blog posts on health-related topics; coauthored the article “Philanthropy and Disparities: Progress, Challenges, and Unfinished Business”; and coedited several reports, including Examining the Health Disparities Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health: Unfinished Business; Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future; Hispanics and the Future of America; Terrorism: Perspectives from the Behavioral and Social Sciences; Discouraging Terrorism: Some Implications of 9/11; America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences; Governance and Opportunity in Metropolitan America; and Premature Death in the New Independent States. Dr. Mitchell holds a doctorate in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patricia Baker, MS, was named President and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation in 2002 after serving as Executive Director since the foundation was established in 1999. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Baker served as National Program Director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and as Director of Connecticut Government Programs at Oxford Health Plans. A long-time women’s health advocate, Ms. Baker also served as Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, Associate Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and Executive Director of The Women’s Center in southeastern Wisconsin.
Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, is President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, a health foundation dedicated to ending inequalities that affect racial, ethnic, low-income, and other vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the trust, he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Dr. Calonge also served as Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and was a family physician for 10 years. Dr. Calonge's current academic appointments include Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UCD Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Calonge earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from The Colorado College, a master of public health degree from the University of Washington and a medical doctorate degree from the University of Colorado. He has been board-certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine, and was elected to the IOM in 2011.
Antony Chiang, JD, is President of Empire Health Foundation (EHF), which works to improve the health of communities in Eastern Washington. EHF is the largest private foundation in the region, giving Mr. Chiang the unique opportunity to build a philanthropic organization from the ground up, design and implement a strategic vision for impact, and establish the foundation as a catalyst and convener. Prior to working at EHF, Mr. Chiang was an executive at a leading philanthropic service provider and served as chief executive of several social enterprise start-ups. Mr. Chiang is a member of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Roadmaps/Culture of Health Prize National Advisory Group, and serves on several statewide leadership boards, including the Governor’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Law School.
Patricia Doykos, PhD, is director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation whose mission is to promote health equity and improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions. Dr. Doykos works on strategy, evaluation, communications, and organizational development for the foundation overall and currently leads two national grant programs, Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations® and Together on Diabetes®: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge. She has also developed and led U.S. and international grantmaking and public-private partnership programs for global HIV/AIDS, women’s health, cancer, and serious mental illness. Currently, she chairs the board of the Center for Health Equity at Dartmouth-Geisel Medical School and serves on the advisory board of the iF Foundation and the National Minority Quality Forum-Cancer Moonshot Diverse Communities Working Group.
Garth Graham, MD, MPH, is President of the Aetna Foundation, responsible for its philanthropic work, including grantmaking strategies to improve the health of people from underserved communities and increase their access to high-quality health care. Dr. Graham also serves as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Prior to joining the foundation, he was Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Chief of Health Services Research at the University of Florida School of Medicine. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, and on numerous boards, including the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, and Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master of public health from Yale School of Public Health, and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins and holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology.
Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, served as Director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department, prior to his appointment at The California Endowment. In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low-income communities. Dr. Iton also served as Director of Health and Human Services and School Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford, Connecticut. Concurrent to that, he served as a physician in internal medicine for Stamford Hospital’s HIV Clinic. In addition, he served as a primary care physician for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. Iton’s varied career includes past service as Staff Attorney and Health Policy Analyst for the West Coast regional office of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. He earned his bachelor’s degree in neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec; his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law; and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Michelle A. Larkin, Associate Vice President and Associate Chief of Staff, directs all program and administrative activities of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program portfolios. Previously, she directed the foundation’s public health team to improve federal, state, and local public health systems; build the evidence for effective public health practice and policy; and advocate for the use of law and policy to improve health by co-leading the foundation’s efforts to build the public health law field. Before joining the foundation, Ms. Larkin worked as an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical System. She worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health as a Presidential Management Fellow, and as a legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Upon completion of her fellowship, she served as a health policy analyst at the Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Larkin received a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, a master's degree in nursing/health policy from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nichole Maher, MPH, is President and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation, a champion of advocacy, policy, and supporting vulnerable populations to be leaders in creating healthy families and communities. Previously, Ms. Maher served as Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon. Nichole holds a masters degree in public health from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and two bachelors of science, one in public health and one in American Indian studies from Oregon State University. In 1999, she completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education program at Yale Medical School in 1998. She has received numerous leadership and industry honors, including Oregon’s 50 most powerful people, Oregon’s top 40 under 40, Portland’s 50 most influential people, as well the Oregon Women of Distinction award.
Elena Marks, JD, MPH, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation, which works to improve the health and well-being of the 10 million people in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Ms. Marks previously served as the Director of Health and Environmental Policy for the City of Houston. Prior to joining the mayor’s staff, Ms. Marks practiced trial and appellate law with major law firms; started and directed a successful legal placement firm; and developed strategic, long-range, and operating plans for service lines and system centers at a major health system. Ms. Marks holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a master’s in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Patricia Mathews is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia, with a particular emphasis on the health needs of the uninsured. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Mathews served as Executive Director, Community Relations at Kaiser Permanente-Mid-Atlantic States. During her career, Ms. Mathews has held a variety of senior-level positions, including Vice President for Programs, National AIDS Fund; President, National Bank of Washington Foundation; and Editorial Writer, The Washington Post. Active in the community for many years, Ms. Mathews currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, where she is also a member of the Healthy Communities Working Group. She is also a member of the Fairfax County Community Transformation Leadership Team, and a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington. Ms. Mathews received a bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University and completed two years of the master’s program in urban planning at Howard University. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Donald Moulds, PhD, is Executive Vice President for Programs at The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system. Prior to joining the fund, Dr. Moulds was Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as principal policy advisor to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Dr. Moulds has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services; the California State Compensation Insurance Fund Board; the Advisory Board of the California Health Policy Research Council; the Advisory Board of the Sacramento Campus of the University of Southern California; the Advisory Committee of the Workers Compensation Research Institute; the Steering Committee of the University of California’s Policy Research Center; and the State of California Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Implementation Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bates College, and masters and doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University of Illinois. He has taught philosophy and ethics courses at the University of Illinois; Harvard University; and California State University, Sacramento.
Scott Moyer, MPH, is President of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation and has been working in the health field in various capacities since 1990. His interest in health began after enrolling in the student sexual health advocate program as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. After graduating, he worked as a health educator with Planned Parenthood in Mercer County, New Jersey. For five years he served as Project Coordinator for the Mercer County HIV Care Consortium in Trenton, New Jersey. In this role, he managed a federally funded Ryan White Title II program that included identifying community needs, coordinating programs, and managing the grant program. He joined the staff of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation in 2000, and for five years he served as a Program Officer where he developed new programmatic initiatives, created processes for grant applications/reporting, and served as the primary contact for applicants and grantees. In 2006 he was promoted to President. In this role, he oversees the $4-million grant program, manages operations, supervises staff, and works with the board to identify new grantmaking opportunities. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Elizabeth Ripley serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Mat-Su Health Foundation, a public charity that shares ownership and governance in the for-profit Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. She serves on the Mat-Su Regional Board of Directors and works with directors appointed by the foundation and the for-profit hospital company to ensure that the region’s sole community hospital meets the acute care needs of Alaska’s fastest-growing population. She oversees the foundation’s advocacy and grantmaking, and has deployed a theory of change that uses data analysis, capacity building, and community engagement to improve systems, fill service gaps, and increase care coordination in three focus areas: Healthy Minds, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Foundations for Families. Ms. Ripley is actively engaged in local, statewide, and national philanthropy efforts, currently serving as chair of the Foraker Group Governing Board, chair of the Mat-Su College Advisory Board, and executive board member of Philanthropy Northwest. She was recognized by the Alaska Public Health Association with its long-term service award in 2014, and presented with a YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2016. Prior to working for the Mat-Su Health Foundation, she held numerous positions in the hospital industry that included volunteer management, marketing, hospital foundation development, and hospital administration. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Maryland College in English and communications and a master’s of arts in religion from Yale Divinity School.
David Rousseau, MPH, is Vice President and Executive Director of Health Policy Media and Technology at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. He oversees the foundation's health policy media programs, including Kaiser Health News and all journalism programs, and directs the foundation's technology and online activities. Previously, Mr. Rousseau was director of the foundation's statehealthfacts.org project and was an associate director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Mr. Rousseau has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health as a lecturer in the department of health policy, and has served on numerous task forces and advisory groups for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Academy of Sciences, and the City of New Orleans (David’s hometown). His work has appeared in journals including Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association, where he created and edits the monthly “Visualizing Health Policy” series in partnership with the Journal. He has spoken on health policy and journalism topics at a wide range of conferences and events. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Rousseau worked as a consultant at The Lewin Group. Mr. Rousseau received his masters in public health from Yale University’s School of Medicine, and his bachelor of arts in political science from Yale College.
Brenda Sharpe, MS, joined the REACH Healthcare Foundation as President and CEO in 2004. As the foundation’s first CEO, she worked closely with the founding board of directors to define REACH’s grantmaking priorities and processes, and establish an effective governance structure for the organization. Prior to joining REACH, Ms. Sharpe worked in the nonprofit service sector for nearly 15 years, including 10 years as President and CEO of Sunflower House, a child advocacy and abuse prevention center in Kansas. Ms. Sharpe currently serves on the Kansas Insurance Commissioner’s Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee, and recently was appointed to the state’s Healthy Kansans 2020 Steering Committee. Additionally she serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, chairing its Community Impact Committee, and is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Health Council. In 2007 she was named “Nonprofit Professional of the Year” by the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy. A native of rural Western Kansas, Ms. Sharpe received her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies and her master’s degree in student counseling and personnel services at Kansas State University.