Northwest Health Foundation


Portland, OR

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Website: Northwest Health Foundation


Endowed with the former assets of the nation’s first pre-paid health plan, Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) emerged in 1997 with the mission to advance, support, and promote the health of the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since inception, NWHF has granted more than $70 million. After years of giving to healthcare systems, mainstream nonprofits, and research institutions, the foundation made an intentional strategic shift to focus on communities most impacted by health disparities and seek to address the systemic issues related to the social determinants of health. The foundation believes it can make the most significant, longest-term improvements to health by moving significantly upstream and partnering with community-led organizations that focus on changing policies and systems.

At an exciting point of inflection, NWHF now seeks a dynamic and inspiring new President to guide its innovative and bold path to improving health in the region by engaging with communities to develop and amplify their political power. Reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with a talented and passionate staff, the new President will lead the continued transformation of the foundation’s strategic direction by forging new partnerships regionally and nationally and serving as partner and catalyzer for transforming communities impacted by the social determinants of health.

The new President will be a thoughtful and strategic leader who has a broad and sophisticated view of health and how communities can engage in, build power for, and drive initiatives toward better health. S/he/they will possess a sophisticated understanding of how to leverage the unique power of a 501(c)(4) philanthropic organization and amplify change through policy and advocacy efforts. The new President will have the natural ability to connect authentically with a broad diversity of communities and a sophisticated understanding of the structures and systems that have led to differences in power and privilege. Finally, s/he/they will be a humble leader who is drawn to the vision that through empowered and engaged communities every person has the opportunity to lead a healthy life.    


This search is being conducted by Carolyn Ho and Chris Cannon of the national search firm, NPAG. Nominations, inquiries, and/or applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format), should be submitted to:

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Carolyn Ho

Carolyn partners closely with organizations in multiple nonprofit and academic sectors to capitalize on leadership transitions and advance their missions.

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