March 28, 2013

LAWT News Service


The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced two new appointments: Barbara C. Staggers, M.D, M.P.H., as chair and Eugene Washington, M.D., as vice chair. This is the first time in the board’s history that both the chair and vice chair positions are held by African American appointees at the same time.

The Foundation’s president and CEO, Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., is pleased to welcome the expertise and enthusiasm of the board’s new leadership.

“Both Barbara and Gene are accomplished leaders, whose talents and clear vision will carry the Foundation forward during this key juncture in our history,” Bontá said. She also expressed her gratitude to outgoing Board Chair David Barlow, C.P.A., “David’s steadfast governance the past two years during our executive transition has been invaluable,” she said.

Staggers is executive director of external affairs and community relations at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. She is also director of the division of Adolescent Medicine at the hospital and is co-founder of FACES for the Future, a program that prepares youth for careers in the health professions. A member of the TCWF board since 2004 and a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine subspecialist, Staggers is considered a national authority on high-risk youth, urban and minority youth, violence, and health care issues of multicultural societies.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have this role at the Foundation at a time when California has an opportunity to expand in its ultimate investment, the health and wellness of its people,” Staggers said.

Washington is the dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and vice chancellor of health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UCLA in February 2010, he was executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he also served as professor of gynecology, epidemiology and health policy at the School of Medicine.

A member of TCWF’s Board since 2008, Washington is a renowned clinical investigator and health policy scholar whose wide-ranging research has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and practice guidelines.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work more closely with our board and staff in achieving the mission of the Foundation,” Washington said.

The California Wellness Foun­dation is a private independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation has a Responsive Grant­making Program that prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.

TCWF is one of the state’s largest foundations. Since its first year of operation, the Foundation has awarded 6,919 grants totaling more than $852 million. Please visit TCWF’s website at for more information.

Category: Health