FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2013
Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, TCWF Vice President of Communications
The California Wellness Foundation announced today that Colburn “Cole” Wilbur has been named interim president and CEO.
The Foundation worked with the Center for Nonprofit Management to appoint Colburn “Cole” S. Wilbur, M.B.A., to the position until a permanent successor can be recruited. He succeeds Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., who served the Foundation for 18 months.
“I am pleased that a seasoned philanthropic and business leader will guide the Foundation while the Board of Directors continues its search for the permanent president and CEO,” said Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Foundation will continue to respond to the health needs of Californians through its grantmaking, particularly during this historic era of implementation of the Affordable Care Act that promises to increase greater access to health care.”
Wilbur is a trustee and former president of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position he held from 1976 to 1999. Prior to joining the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, he was the executive director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation. In 1999, Wilbur received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award from the Council on Foundations. He served as a senior fellow at the Council from 1999 to 2000 and, in 2005, was appointed interim president and CEO. Wilbur is the coauthor with Fred Setterberg of “Giving with Confidence: A Guide to Savvy Philanthropy” and the author of “The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics.” He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration. His bio can be found here.
“I am honored to have been appointed to this role at The California Wellness Foundation and have great respect for the organization’s reputation, particularly in groundbreaking areas that have led to healthier lives and the pursuit of wellness,” Wilbur said. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff during this period of transition.”
The Foundation will continue awarding grants under its Responsive Grantmaking Program, and its work in strategic planning that will guide its future grantmaking. The Board will announce at a later date the search process for the permanent president and CEO.
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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