March 8 2019

The California Endowment Appoints Four New Experts in Building Health and Equity for All to Board of Directors


Los Angeles CA (March 7, 2019) – The state’s largest health foundation today announced the appointment of four new board members who are experts in their respective fields of small business finance, economic development, health care delivery, medical research and education, policy and movement building, and Native American health.

“The Endowment is thrilled to have such an accomplished group of experts reflective of California’s diversity and dedicated to building healthy communities joining its Board of Directors,” said Zac Guevara, board chair of The California Endowment.

Kurt Chilcott joins the board as a recognized leader in economic development and small business finance, with his service effective May 15, 2019. For more than 35 years, Chilcott has led innovative successful organizations and programs in the public and non-profit sectors, and for more than 20 years has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego-headquartered CDC Small Business Finance. The non-profit organization has experienced tremendous growth, establishing offices throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, and maintaining its rank as the top-volume CDC in the nation under Chilcott’s leadership.

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Katherine A. Flores, MD, joins the board as a national leader in primary health care and the development of a diverse health workforce, with her service effective May 20, 2020.  Dr. Flores spent her early years as a farm worker until the age of 16, and currently serves as a family physician in private practice in an all-woman, bilingual medical group in Fresno, CA.  She will begin her service on the board effective May 20, 2020. Dr. Flores is also an Associate Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and the Director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER), an organization that works with disadvantaged students to help prepare them to become healthcare professionals who will ultimately return to the Central Valley to provide culturally competent healthcare to the medically underserved.

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Britta Guerrero joins the board as Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc., a AAAHC accredited Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and non-profit urban health center, with her service effective May 15, 2019. SNAHC has emerged as a leader in the provision of quality health care delivered through a culturally competent, family-centered and wrap-around delivery system. To further demonstrate their commitment health leadership and to the patient centered philosophy, SNAHC was the first organization in the state of California to receive recognition as a AAAHC-Patient Centered Health Home.

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Vien Truong, Esq., President of the Dream Corps, joins the board, effective May 15, 2019. The Dream Corps brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems by supporting initiatives that close prison doors and open doors of opportunity for all. The Dream Corps includes Green For All, which works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, #Cut50, which works to reduce crime and incarceration in all 50 states, and #YesWeCode, which works to help 100,000 young women and men of diverse backgrounds find success in the tech sector. Truong is a policy expert and movement builder who has been a key architect in building an equitable and sustainable economy in underserved communities.

Click here to read her press release.

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s website at



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