Board of directors

Board of directors


  • Katie Bell

    Katie Bell

  • Dr. America Bracho Perez

    Dr. America Bracho Perez

  • Susan Byington

    Susan Byington

  • Martha Choe

    Martha Choe

  • Brian Cladoosby

    Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish)

  • Ben Danielson

    Dr. Benjamin Danielson

    Board Chair

  • Dr. David Fleming

    Dr. David Fleming

  • Seth Kirby

    Seth Kirby

    Board Vice Chair

  • Jan Olmstead

    JanMarie Ward (Chumash)

  • Peter van Oppen

    Peter van Oppen

  • Luz Vega Marquis

    Luz Vega-Marquis

    Board Treasurer

Katie Bell

Katie Bell

she/her/hers

Katie brings years of experience as a health care professional, with a particular focus on understanding the impacts of the social determinants of health. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Health Services, and credits her students for teaching her on how to create learning spaces centered on social justice.

Katie was formerly chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health, the largest provider of primary medical and dental care in Seattle for low-income and uninsured families and individuals. She also was the vice president of operations at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota, and was on the administrative teams of Heartland Health System in Missouri and Staten Island University Hospital in New York. Katie served on the board of American Cancer Society in St. Joseph, Missouri, and on various health care advisory and working groups. She holds a BA from Washington and Jefferson College and an MHA and MBA from University of Pittsburgh.

Katie is one of four continuity members on the board. She served on the Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees for five years.

Dr. America Bracho Perez

Dr. America Bracho Perez

she/her/hers

America is a national expert on health and well-being within the Latino and other communities of color and is a leader at the intersection of health and community organizing. She is the founder, president and CEO of Latino Health Access, which uses community participatory approaches to promote health. America worked as a physician in Venezuela, before coming to the U.S. She then founded and served as the director of the AIDS project for Latino Family Services in Detroit. America has been a trainer, presenter and consultant for government agencies, institutions and nonprofits. She is currently a consultant to the Pan-American Health Organization. 

America is on the boards of Casey Family Programs and Latino Health Access. Previously, she served on the boards of Marguerite Casey Foundation, National Conference of Community Outreach Workers, and the advisory board of University of California at Irvine. She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan and an MD from Universidad Central de Venezuela. 

Susan Byington

Susan Byington

she/her/hers

Susan has extensive human resources and board experience, working on health and health care from many angles. She currently volunteers as a mediator for city, county, and federal agencies. Previously she was the vice president of human resources for Providence Health & Services, as well as the chief human resources officer for UW Hospitals, City of Seattle, and Metro. 

Susan previously served on the boards of the Seattle Children’s Home Society and Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. She also chaired the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. She holds a BA in history from the University of Washington and completed the UW School of Business management program. She is a certified mediator. 

Susan is one of four continuity members on the board. She served on the Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees for six years. 

Martha Choe

Martha Choe

she/her/hers

Martha brings extensive experience in the private, public, and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, she served as the CAO and Director of Global Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates. Previously, she was the Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development. Prior to that, she served two terms on the Seattle City Council, was a vice president at the Bank of California and started her career as a high school teacher and debate coach in Eugene, Oregon.  

Prior board experience includes Craft3, the Seattle Foundation, Western Washington University, Seattle U, and she was chair of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Martha holds a BA in speech education and ethnic studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University. She is an ordained Zen Priest. 

Brian Cladoosby

Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish)

he/him/his

Brian was a nationally renowned leader and powerful advocate for Indian Country. Brian was the president of the Association of Washington Tribes. He formerly served as the 21st president of the National Congress of American Indians and as chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for more than 20 years. He served as a member of the Swinomish Senate for 35 years and was Swinomish Senate Chairman for 23 years. He was also former president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. 

Brian served on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. He was a board advisor of the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, an executive board member of the Washington Gaming Association, and co-speaker of the Coast Salish Gathering, consisting of British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes. 

Ben Danielson

Dr. Benjamin Danielson

Board Chair

he/him/his

Dr. Danielson is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. For two decades he was the medical director at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic which serves mostly low-income families in an historically Black community. He resigned in late 2020 in protest of racism and related dysfunctions at the clinic’s overseeing entity: Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

He also serves on various boards of health-related organizations, philanthropic organizations, and community groups dedicated to health issues. He chairs the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, co-chaired the Governor’s Task Force on creating an Office of Equity, chairs the Group Health Foundation board, and co-chairs King County’s Racism Is A Public Health Crisis Team. He has been on many boards and currently serves in this capacity on the Seattle YWCA, the Seattle Foundation, Center for Children and Youth Justice, Tubman Health and Amara. He has been active in the community wellness, equity and healthcare reimagining realms.  

Dr. Danielson is a collaborator and speaker on anti-racism. The unifying thread in Dr. Danielson’s activities relates to promoting well-being and dignity, especially for communities who have been pushed aside. He has found opportunities within and outside of systems to advocate in partnership with groups and individuals who are dedicated and passionate about creating a better world. He realizes he is often the least useful member of the circles he joins and he is inspired, every day, by the children, families, communities and organizations with whom he interacts. 

Dr. David Fleming

Dr. David Fleming

he/him/his

David is a global public health and disease prevention expert. He currently is a Distinguished Fellow at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), where he focuses on U.S. domestic public health issues. He is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Most recently, David was the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Public Health at PATH, a global nonprofit organization. David is the former director and health officer of Public Health—Seattle and King County, and was director of global health strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also served as the Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as the State Epidemiologist for the Oregon Health Division.

David currently serves on the boards of the Low Income Investment Fund and the Trust for America’s Health, and the Ruckelshaus Center. His former global health board service includes the Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Health Metrics Network, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. He holds a BS in biology from State University of New York and an MD from State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

Seth Kirby

Seth Kirby

Board Vice Chair

he/him/his

Seth is a transgender man, parent, and advocate for racially equitable, community-designed solutions. For over 20 years, Seth has worked and volunteered in the fields of HIV and violence prevention, civil rights policy and implementation, and youth leadership development. He is currently the chief impact officer at Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, where he identifies, designs, and champions lasting connections and investments in Pierce County. Previously, he served as the executive director of Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma. He was also legislative director at the Washington State Human Rights Commission, where he led on a range of public policy issues, including implementation of the law to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. 

Seth was chair of Washington Won’t Discriminate, the campaign to retain existing statewide LGBTQ protections. He served for ten years on the board of directors for Pride Foundation and is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum-Pierce County Chapter. He grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska, attending a one-room school with no running water. He holds an MPA with concentrations in public policy and tribal governance from The Evergreen State College. 

Jan Olmstead

JanMarie Ward (Chumash)

she/her/hers

JanMarie is a national expert in tribal health and well-being, with 35 years of public sector experience in health policy, public administration, and tribal and intergovernmental affairs. She currently leads public health policy initiatives and projects for the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State. In partnership with tribal leadership, tribal health programs, and community members, Jan has helped create Native approaches to public health work that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision, and the engagement of tribal elected officials. She also teaches health policy as an adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College in the Master of Public Administration program. 

JanMarie serves on the Community Advisory Board of University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center, and is an alternate member on the Governor’s Health Disparities Council. She has a BA with an emphasis in strategic planning and leadership and an MPA with a concentration in tribal governance from The Evergreen State College. 

Peter van Oppen

Peter van Oppen

he/him/his

Peter is a business and investment leader with more than 40 years of experience. He has been a partner at Trilogy Partnership since 2006, a venture capital and private investment firm in Bellevue, Washington. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) and its predecessor companies from 1986 to 2006. Prior to that, he worked in medical electronics and as a consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP and Bain & Company in New York, Boston, and London. 

Peter served as board chair of Impinj, Inc. from 2013 to 2022 and is currently on the boards of several private companies. He previously served on the boards of many public companies, including ADIC, Western Wireless, Isilon Systems, Level 3 Communications, and The Basketball Club of Seattle (Sonics). He has also served as chair of the Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee of Whitman College, vice chair of UW Medicine, as well as an advisory board member and director of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Peter holds a BA in political science from Whitman College and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. 

Luz Vega Marquis

Luz Vega-Marquis

Board Treasurer

she/her/hers

Luz has spent her career building institutions and designing grantmaking strategies that support communities who have experienced chronic disinvestment. As the founding president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, she built a team centered on amplifying the voices of and mobilizing low-income communities for social change. Luz previously served as the executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California, vice president and chief operating officer at the National Economic Development and Law Center, and director of grants programs and senior program officer at The James Irvine Foundation. 

Luz is the founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy and currently serves on the board of The Workers Lab. Past board service includes The California Wellness Foundation, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Katalysis Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, the Women’s Foundation of California, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Philanthropy Northwest, and Putting Families First. She received a BA in modern languages from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Latin American studies from Stanford University. 

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