FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE CALIFORNIA WELLNESS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS
Woodland Hills, CA – The board of directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced four new appointments: Douglas X. Patiño, Ph.D., chair; Stewart Kwoh, J.D., vice chair; and David S. Barlow and Elizabeth M. Gomez, new members.
“The Foundation is truly fortunate to be able to call upon Douglas’ and Stewart’s expertise and leadership in the year to come,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. “David and Elizabeth will bring new perspectives, experience and commitment to our mission of improving the health and wellness of Californians.”
Patiño joined TCWF’s board in 1997 and served as vice chair from 2002 to 2004. He is vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University (CSU) system and president of the Patiño Group. Patiño also served as secretary for the California Health and Welfare Agency and Arizona’s Department of Economic Security. Among his many community service activities, Patiño is a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a presidential appointee to the Enterprise for the Americas board, and a member of the board of directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Association of Black Foundation Executives and the Finance Project. He is chair of the Leadership Council for Hispanics in Philanthropy. Patiño is a member of the Frito Lay Latino/Hispanic Advisory Board.
“I am honored to chair TCWF in its important mission to improve the health of Californians while continuing the Foundation’s commitment to be a thoughtful partner with the organizations serving our communities,” Patiño said.
Kwoh has also been a TCWF director since 1997. He is president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California. Under his leadership, the APALC has become the nation’s largest legal assistance organization targeting Asian Pacific Americans, offering a diverse array of civil rights services to more than 15,000 individuals each year. Kwoh serves on the boards of numerous organizations and foundations including the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998.
“I am very pleased to serve as vice chair of TCWF’s board of directors as it continues to seek innovative and effective ways to improve the health of Californians, particularly the underserved,” said Kwoh. “I am proud to be a part of a foundation that consistently strives to partner with community and health organizations to accomplish this important goal.”
Barlow is the executive director of The San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds (CIF), a position he has held since 1996. CIF is a nonprofit corporation that provides fiscal sponsorship services to community groups that are not incorporated as independent, nonprofit corporations as part of the San Francisco Foundation’s commitment to support structures for public-private, collaborative and new efforts. Previously, he was the chief financial officer for The San Francisco Foundation and assistant controller of the San Francisco Symphony. Barlow serves on the board of the Foundation Consortium for California’s Children & Youth as its treasurer and chief financial officer.
“I have known and admired The California Wellness Foundation’s work for a number of years,” said Barlow. “I look forward to working alongside the other members of the board to advance its mission.”
Gomez is executive director of the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) and serves on the organization’s board. LAYN provides homeless, runaway and high-risk youth with shelter, food and counseling services. Gomez joined the LAYN staff in 1989. Prior to that, she was assistant director of youth services for Traveler’s Aid Society of Los Angeles’ Teen Canteen. Gomez is actively involved in the leadership of numerous youth-serving, philanthropic, civic and community organizations and serves on the boards of the California Coalition for Youth and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served as a commissioner for the California State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention.
“I am thrilled to be named to the Foundation’s board of directors,” said Gomez. “It will be an honor to help the Foundation work to improve the health of high-risk youth and other underserved Californians.”
The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving 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 other timely health issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.
Since its first year of operation, TCWF has awarded 3,818 grants totaling more than $460 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations, providing an average of $40 million in grants each year in pursuit of its mission. Please visit TCWF’s website at www.tcwf.org for more information.
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