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August 08, 2013

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Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, TCWF Vice President of Communications
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TCWF Announces Interim Vice President of Programs

The California Wellness Foundation announced that Fatima Angeles, TCWF director of evaluation and organizational learning, has been named interim vice president of programs. She succeeds Cristina M. Regalado, who steps down August 16, 2013.

Angeles will assume the responsibilities of day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department, which includes overseeing the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program and working with the Board and staff on the strategic planning process.

“Fatima brings a wealth of experience to the position, including an impressive track record of working with nonprofit organizations addressing health, wellness and disease prevention, as well as serving on numerous national and statewide philanthropic boards,” said Cole Wilbur, interim president and CEO. “Her background in public health and expertise in evaluation makes her the ideal executive to lead the Foundation’s grants program.”

A veteran member of TCWF staff, Angeles joined the Foundation in 1998 as a program director, where she managed the Foundation’s Children and Youth Community Health Initiative (CYCHI) and oversaw grantmaking for two issues: environmental health and work and health. In 2006, she was appointed director of evaluation and organizational learning, where she directs evaluation efforts aimed at analyzing and learning from the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program; develops and facilitates learning opportunities for the Grants Program staff; and develops and manages tools and resources for grantmaking.

“I feel fortunate to have been with TCWF for 15 years, and am honored and excited to act in this new capacity,” Angeles said. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff in continuing the Foundation’s commitment to addressing the health needs underserved Californians.”

Before joining TCWF, Angeles was a program associate at The Hasbro Children’s Foundation in New York City and an advisory committee member for CYCHI.  She is vice chair of the board of Grantmakers In Health, and also serves as secretary of the board of Northern California Grantmakers. Recently, she was on the funding board of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which works to support and build the capacity of small, grassroots environmental groups. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent 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 6,919 grants totaling more than $852 million.

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