Chief Executive Officer
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Group Health Foundation, a new, groundbreaking 501(c)(4) philanthropic organization committed to shaping and advancing the work of improving health and health equity in the State of Washington, seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With an unwavering commitment to equity, Group Health Foundation’s approach to philanthropy will recognize the expertise and wisdom that communities bring and the importance of the social determinants of health in identifying solutions that will foster healthy communities throughout the rural, urban, and politically and culturally diverse landscape of Washington state.
This moment of opportunity requires an inspirational leader with an exceptional combination of qualities, skills, and experiences: a passion for and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, a sophisticated understanding of executive leadership in an entrepreneurial setting, a vision for the role philanthropy can play in systems change, and proven success convening a broad set of communities to authentically and effectively inform strategy and achievable measures of impact.
Fueled by Group Health Cooperative’s legacy and over $1.7 billion in funds resulting from the acquisition of the Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente, this new health foundation has a remarkable opportunity to transform health policies and practices that advance community aspirations for a vibrant and healthy future.
Group Health Foundation’s first successful step was the thoughtful planning and recruitment of a strong and diverse Board of Directors who bring deep content expertise and provide a rich set of perspectives in community and organizational leadership. This highly engaged and committed board seeks to create an innovative and impactful vision and strategy in partnership with the new CEO.
The new CEO will work with the Board of Directors to further articulate the Foundation’s strategic direction, continue to build the leadership team, and launch the Foundation’s community engagement work across the state during the first year of their tenure. The CEO will lead with the organization’s values and will forge strong and trusting relationships with communities and stakeholders to help guide the development and execution of the future programming strategy. The CEO will have the unique opportunity to leverage a philanthropic, policy, and advocacy agenda that positions the Foundation to become a powerful catalyst for positive and systemic change.
Katherine E. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Katherine leads worldwide efforts to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit, higher education, and public sector clients and manages the strategic development of our firm’s virtual workforce.