James KeddyVice President & Chief learning officer
James Keddy, Chief Learning Officer, began his career at The California Endowment in 2009 as Director of Healthy Communities, North Region. As the current Chief Learning Officer, Keddy is responsible for the development and oversight of the learning, evaluation, and research functions of The Endowment.
Keddy previously served as Director of PICO California, the state’s affiliate of the PICO National Network. This is an association of non‐partisan, faith‐based community organizations that work to create innovative solutions to the issues impacting low‐income communities.
In the area of health care access, Keddy created Californians for Healthy Kids, a statewide coalition in support of universal health coverage for children. He also established a new $50 million funding program for the Cedillo/Alarcon Community Act in 2000. In his 20 years in the field of community organizing, Keddy trained hundreds of volunteers and staff in advocacy and organizing, and helped establish new efforts in Fresno, Stanislaus County, Los Angeles and Contra Costa County.
Keddy currently serves on the board of the Sacramento Children's Chorus and is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum. He has served on the board of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, the California Budget Project, and Cover the Kids. He served on The Endowment’s Board of Directors from 2005‐2009. Keddy was a Peace Corps trainer and volunteer in Costa Rica from 1985‐1987.
Keddy earned his B.A. in English, with high honors, from the University of California, Davis, and his M.A. in Systematic Theology, with honors, from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He lives in Sacramento with his family.