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November 24, 2014

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Adriana Godoy Leiss
The California Wellness Foundation
(818) 702-1900

Cal Wellness Expands Its Board with Appointments of Joseph M. Lumarda and Debra Nakatomi

Lumarda and Nakatomi to begin service January 2015

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced the appointments of Joseph M. Lumarda, senior vice president and investment counselor of Capital Group Private Client Services in Los Angeles, and Debra Nakatomi, president of Nakatomi & Associates in Santa Monica, to Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors. Elected at the September 2014 Board meeting, they will commence their service on January 1, 2015.

“We are thrilled to expand our Board by welcoming Joe and Debra,” said Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., Cal Wellness’ Board chair. “They will both bring a wealth of knowledge from their vast experiences in the nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate sectors.”

Lumarda is senior vice president and investment counselor of Capital Group Private Client Services, a leading investment management firm. A seasoned philanthropic business leader, he spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation in the roles of vice president for development, executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is the board chair of the Center for Nonprofit Management, and a board member of Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation, Pasadena Child Health Foundation and Southern California Grantmakers. Lumarda’s full biography can be found here.

For Lumarda, joining Cal Wellness’ Board feels like a natural fit.

“What I love about Wellness is its holistic focus,” Lumarda said. “I was raised to believe that wellness is not just about health care in terms of hospitals and clinics. It’s also about the health and safety of the community as a whole. With the Foundation’s new leadership, renewed strategies and a focus built upon its legacy, it’s an excellent time to be joining the Board.”

Nakatomi is president of Nakatomi & Associates, a Santa Monica-based communications firm dedicated to advancing social change, promoting equity and designing awareness initiatives for nonprofit, public and private organizations committed to social good. She has served regional, national and global organizations committed to expanding philanthropy for women and girls, promoting health equity and advancing wellness for underserved communities. Nakatomi is former board secretary and international commissioner for Girl Scouts of the USA and chair-elect of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation. Nakatomi’s full biography can be found here.

Nakatomi says she has admired the Foundation’s steadfast commitment to funding key health issues.

“Over the years, I’ve been a partner and an observer of the Foundation and have witnessed the impact of its sustained attention on such issues as violence prevention and increasing diversity in the health professions,” Nakatomi said. “I believe the role of a funder is to support community voices through policy advocacy, public education and being responsive to the needs of all communities.”

Judy Belk, Cal Wellness’ president and CEO, expressed her delight with the results of the Board’s extensive search to expand its breadth and scope.

“I am so pleased to welcome Joe and Debra to our distinguished group of trustees,” Belk said. “They are both passionate about addressing disparities in our state and using expertise in their respective fields to advance health and wellness in California.”

To view videos of Lumarda and Nakatomi commenting on their appointments, please visit the Cal Wellness YouTube Channel.

Lumarda and Nakatomi join Cal Wellness Board Chair Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair Eugene Washington, M.D., and members David S. Barlow, M.B.A., M. Isabel Becerra, B.A., Elizabeth M. Gomez, M.S.W. and Elisabeth Hallman, M.B.A., R.N. For more about the trustees, please visit the Board of Directors page.

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.

On Oct. 1, 2014, Cal Wellness introduced its Advancing Wellness grants program designed to promote equity through advocacy and access. The grantmaking focuses on three interconnected portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,523 grants totaling more than $899 million.


Our Guiding Principles

Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations.
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities.
  • To inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important wellness and health care issues.

Mission

The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.


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