Category: Meet our team


Kayla and her brother Alfred show their grandma some love during a family gathering in Tacoma’s Wright Park in 2018. Kayla and her brother Alfred show their grandma some love during a family gathering in Tacoma’s Wright Park in 2018.

Meet Kayla Davis

Kayla Davis is our newest program associate and will be based in our Tacoma office when it opens later next year. Born and raised in Tacoma by parents and grandparents who also have long histories in Pierce County, Kayla often says that “we are nothing without our community.”Read More »

Julia says hello to a baby alpaca during a trip to Peru.

Meet Julia Reilly

Group Health Foundation welcomes Julia Reilly, our new investment associate, who will support the sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of the Foundation’s investments in both public and private markets. Julia was most recently in D.C. working at the Smithsonian Institution, and is glad to be returning to the state where she grew up and be close to her family.Read More »

Traven visiting Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in 2018.

Meet Traven Joseph

We are excited to announce Traven Joseph as our first investment intern. Traven sees his time at the Foundation part of his learning, “I believe in providing for generations that come after you and creating long-term benefits for everyone, so when I heard that the Foundation has an investment team in-house who creates capital and reinvests that capital in communities, it really spoke to what I believe in and what I want to do.”Read More »

Dawn visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden with her friend, Anh.

Meet Dawn Wilson

Dawn joins as our investment operations director after spending two decades in accounting and investment operations for university endowments, first at University of Virginia and then more recently at Emory University. She’s looking forward to working with the investment team to ensure more grantees are receiving meaningful funding for their work.Read More »

Fautimah and her cat, Pierre

Meet Fautimah El-Mehrik

Fautimah is eager to come on board as the office coordinator for Group Health Foundation and apply her lived experiences and educational background to help advance health equity in Washington State. Growing up biracial and Muslim, Fautimah’s personal experiences led her on a path to equity and social justice work.Read More »