On this beautiful, cool summer day in Washington, it is time for me to update readers once again on staff changes and board appointments at foundations that fund in health.

Sheila P. Burke, who is a faculty member and a former executive dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been elected to the Commonwealth Fund’s board of directors, according to a July 26 e-alert. She also serves as senior public policy adviser at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, the sixty-sixth largest law firm in the United States. (Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. [R-TN] is of counsel to the firm; his grandfather founded it.) Burke’s past positions have included deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Smithsonian Institution and chief of staff to former Senate majority leader Bob Dole (R-KS). Burke holds a registered nurse degree as well as a master’s degree in public affairs.

Simon Stevens, president for Global Health and executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, also was elected to the Commonwealth Fund’s board. In these positions he “leads UnitedHealth’s international businesses and U.S. health reform and care modernization groups,” according to the e-alert. In the past he headed up UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare division. At one time he served as health adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In that position, Stevens led the reform of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

Burke and Stevens will join the board in November.

Related Health Affairs content:

Philip Ellis, Lewis G. Sandy, Aaron J. Larson, and Simon L. Stevens, “Wide Variation in Episode Costs within a Commercially Insured Population Highlights Potential to Improve the Efficiency of Care,” September 2012 Health Affairs (free abstract).

“Reform Strategies for the English NHS,” Simon Stevens, May 2004 Health Affairs (free access).

Katie Ellis was promoted to program officer at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky several months ago. She works with the foundation’s community matching and challenge grants projects and oversees its grants management process, according to the funder’s website. She was previously the foundation’s program and administrative coordinator. She has been employed at the foundation since 2010.

Brenda Henry-Sanchez has joined the Foundation Center as director of research for special projects. She is tasked with developing and directing international, national, and regional research projects on a variety of issues in philanthropy; the Foundation Center often will partner with other organizations in these projects, says a July 9 press release. Also, Henry-Sanchez will represent the center in the D5 Coalition, which aims to increase “diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.” She recently was employed as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in its research and evaluation unit, “where she worked to create new opportunities for better health for society’s most vulnerable members.” She has a doctorate in health behavior and health education as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. Read a 2012 West Virginia Public Broadcasting article quoting Henry-Sanchez; it is about the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings effort.

Sandra R. Hernández has been named the new president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. Now president of the San Francisco Foundation and a practicing physician, she will begin her new job on January 2. Read more about this in my GrantWatch column in the September 2013 issue of Health Affairs, which will be released September 9.

Keith Klugman has been named director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pneumonia strategy. He started at the foundation on August 5. He continues as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. Previously Klugman was the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and professor of epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He was also a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory School of Medicine.

Cristina M. Regalado, vice president of programs at the California Wellness Foundation, recently announced that she would be stepping down from her post. Her last day at the foundation is tomorrow. Regalado has been in the position for eleven years. Among her accomplishments, according to the funder’s website, was leading the successful roll-out of its Responsive Grantmaking Program. Regalado told me in an e-mail that she is going to take some time off to rest and rejuvenate herself before beginning “new adventures at the intersection of design thinking, social innovations, entrepreneurship and technology.”

Meanwhile, Fatima Angeles, director of evaluation and organizational learning at the California Wellness Foundation, has been appointed its interim vice president of programs. This foundation funds statewide. Read her March GrantWatch Blog post, “Why This Foundation Believes in the Importance of Core Operating Support for Grantees.”

On the Move (literally!)

Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) has moved to 817 Silver Spring Avenue, Suite 110, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4673, co-director Kathy Sessions pointed out to me. The group’s new phone number is 301-565-0500.