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

  • Porsche Everson

    Porsche Everson

  • Dr. David Fleming

    Dr. David Fleming

  • Leo Greenawalt

    Leo Greenawalt

  • Latisha Hill

    Latisha Hill

  • Seth Kirby

    Seth Kirby

    Board Vice Chair

  • Carlos Olivares

    Carlos Olivares

  • Jan Olmstead

    Jan Olmstead (Chumash)

  • Peter van Oppen

    Peter van Oppen

  • Luz Vega Marquis

    Luz Vega-Marquis

    Board Treasurer

Katie Bell

Katie Bell

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

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 City of Hope, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and National Conference of Community Outreach Workers, and on the advisory board of University of California at Irvine. She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan and an MD from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Susan Byington

Susan Byington

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

Martha has devoted her life to public service and brings extensive experience in both the public and philanthropic sectors. She served as chief administrative officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and director of the Global Libraries initiative. Martha also served in Governor Locke’s cabinet as the director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and was elected to two terms on the Seattle City Council. Early in her career, Martha was a high school teacher in Eugene, Oregon, and a banker, becoming a vice president at the Bank of California.

Martha is a board member of Craft3, a nonprofit community development financial institution working to strengthen families and economies in Oregon and Washington. She previously served as chair and a member of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and on the boards of the Seattle Foundation, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and many other organizations. She 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)

Brian is a nationally renowned leader and powerful advocate for Indian Country. Brian is 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 was also former president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Brian serves on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. He is 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

Ben is a partner and advocate for the health and well-being of children and families with low incomes. He is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. For 20 years, he served as the medical director of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, based out of Seattle’s Central District, a historically Black neighborhood. Ben also helped found the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership, which trains doctors to recognize when forces outside the examination room contribute to health problems.

Ben serves on the Children’s Alliance Public Policy Council, Equal Start Community Coalition, and the Health Coalition for Children and Youth. He is also a board member for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and the United Way of King County. He earned a BA in biology from Harvard University and an MD from the University of Washington.

Porsche Everson

Porsche Everson

Porsche’s professional experience spans public health, education, financial services, and social services, which helps her look at complex problems broadly and identify systemic solutions. She is the owner and president of Relevant Strategies, a management consulting firm. Previously, she served as CEO of Starling Systems, a software development company. Porsche is a former teacher and university administrator, and has held adjunct faculty positions at The Evergreen State College and Pacific Lutheran University.

Porsche served on the BECU board during its transition to the largest community-based credit union in the U.S. She holds a BS in mathematics from Montana State University and an MBA in technology and innovation management from Pacific Lutheran University.

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

Dr. David Fleming

Dr. David Fleming

David is a global public health and disease prevention expert. He currently is vice president of the Global Health Programs division at PATH, an international health organization spurring innovation to save lives. He also is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. 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 worked in various roles for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including as state epidemiologist and deputy state epidemiologist for the Oregon Health Division.

David currently serves on the boards of Global to Local Partnership, Low Income Investment Fund, Trust for America’s Health, and Washington Global Health Alliance. He is also on the UW School of Public Health Dean’s Council. 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.

Leo Greenawalt

Leo Greenawalt

Leo has extensive experience in health care systems, public policy, and partnership-building. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Gonzaga University. For 30 years, Leo served as president and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, where he advocated for policy and quality improvements to managing health care costs, reimbursements, and availability. Previously he was vice president in government affairs at the Michigan Hospital Association and vice president of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Leo began his career as a hospital CEO with Indian Health Service in Oklahoma. He also worked in several public policy positions in Washington, D.C.

Leo served on the American Hospital Association board of trustees and on the UW School of Public Health Dean’s Council, where he is an emeritus member. He also served on task forces for the Committee on Allied Hospital Associations, National Healthcare Reform, and State Hospital Association Executives Forum. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a JD and an MHA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Latisha Hill

Latisha Hill

Latisha has in-depth expertise in community and economic development with specialties in regional systems planning. She is vice president of Community & Economic Vitality for Avista Corporation, an electric and natural gas utility with operations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska. For more than 20 years, Latisha has worked with communities across multiple states focused on revitalization, public safety, public policy, and infrastructure. She recently led the development of the South Landing development in Spokane, bridging academia and industry for regional impact.

Active on several boards and committees, Latisha serves on Washington State University Advisory Council at Spokane, the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Partnership, and the Spokane University District board. Latisha has held numerous board and committee positions, including with the Washington State Transportation Commission, the Inland Empire American Planning Association, Spokane Regional Transportation Council, and Greater Spokane Inc. She has a BA in communications from Washington State University and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.

Seth Kirby

Seth Kirby

Board Vice Chair

Seth is a transgender man and a leader in community-centered, collaborative work for social justice. For nearly 20 years, Seth has worked and volunteered in the fields of HIV and violence prevention, policy and civil rights implementation, and youth leadership development. He is currently the vice president of community impact at the 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 worked on a range of public policy issues, including implementation of the 2006 Anderson-Murray law that added 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 recently completed his tenure on the board of directors for the Pride Foundation, and is an active 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.

Carlos Olivares

Carlos Olivares

Carlos is a respected voice and advocate in the Yakima Valley for people who are migrant and agricultural workers, and a longtime advocate for postsecondary educational attainment for Hispanic people. He is the chief executive officer of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, the largest community health center in the Pacific Northwest. His former roles include executive director of Buttonwillow Health Center and associate director of California Rural Health Federation.

Carlos is on the boards of Children’s Village, Community Health Network of Washington/Community Health Plan of Washington, and Willamette Valley Community Health. He is a member of the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program and Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of the Northwest Primary Care Association, Oregon Primary Care Association, and The Memorial Foundation, and was a founding member of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Carlos grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, and came to the U.S. to earn his BA in political science from Pepperdine University.

Jan Olmstead

Jan Olmstead (Chumash)

Jan 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.

Jan 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

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 serves as board chair of Impinj, Inc., and on the boards of several private companies. He has previously served on the boards of many public companies, including ADIC, Western Wireless, Isilon Systems, Level 3 Communications, as well as The Basketball Club of Seattle (Sonics). He was also 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

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 boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Philanthropy Northwest, Putting Families First, and The Workers Lab. Past board service includes The California Wellness Foundation, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Katalysis Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Women’s Foundation of California. 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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