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April 13, 2007

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TCWF Announces Staff Changes in Program and Communications Departments

Fatima L. Angeles, Earl Lui and Janet I. Sandoval Bring Wealth of Knowledge to New Roles

Woodland Hills, CA –The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announces that Fatima L. Angeles has been appointed director of evaluation and organizational learning; Earl Lui hired as program director for environmental health and work and health grants; and Janet I. Sandoval named executive assistant to the vice president of communications.

“These staff members bring a depth of expertise to their diverse roles at the Foundation,” said Gary L. Yates, president and CEO. “Every Foundation staff member plays a key role in fulfilling our mission to improve the health of the people of California, so we are fortunate to have these seasoned professionals working on our team.”

As director of evaluation and organizational learning, Angeles directs the Foundation‘s program assessment and evaluation functions, provides consultation to program staff on evaluation issues, and develops programs to promote learning in those areas. She previously oversaw grantmaking in the environmental health and work and health areas. Angeles is a board member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University in 1997.

“As a program director, I had the opportunity to observe closely a number of organizations creatively working to improve health in their local communities,” said Angeles. “In my new role, I will be able to share this assessment expertise with other Foundation staff in our ongoing effort to strengthen our grants program by evaluating our grantmaking craft.”

Lui joins the Foundation as program director overseeing environmental health and work and health grants. Prior to his appointment at TCWF, he was senior attorney at Consumers Union’s San Francisco office, working on health care policy advocacy. He is also a former associate trainer for Coro Northern California, staff attorney for Homebase, and associate with the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. Lui is a member of the State Bar of California and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and his JD from the University of Michigan in 1986.

“I am very excited to join TCWF as a program director,” said Lui. “The Foundation presents the great opportunity for me to blend my prior experience with my interest in building the capacity of California‘s nonprofit sector to address critical health issues facing underserved communities.”

Sandoval assumes a new assignment as executive assistant to the vice president of communications. Previously, she was program assistant at the Foundation for four years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was program coordinator for Streetlights, a nonprofit organization providing employment opportunities in the entertainment industry to economically or socially disadvantaged minority youth. She also worked as an executive assistant for Warner Bros. TV and Mohawk Productions. Sandoval is a member of the Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Communications Network, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Southern California Grantmakers and Women in Philanthropy.

“I look forward to using my familiarity with many of the Foundation’s Grantees to help the communications department tell their stories,” said Sandoval. “There is so much great work being done by nonprofit organizations in California and our state’s leaders need to know more about it.”

The California Wellness Foundation is an independent, private foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities. Since its founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 4,633 grants totaling more than $559 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations, providing an average of $50 million in grants each year in pursuit of its mission.

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