LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2016) – The California Endowment today announced the appointment of Geneva Wiki – a former executive director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation – as program manager serving Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands under The Endowment’s 10-year, multimillion dollar initiative Building Healthy Communities (BHC) launched in 2010. Now at its midway point, the goal of BHC is to improve the socioeconomic and environmental conditions that serve as barriers to community health, with the ultimate goal of building communities where children and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Wiki takes over for Laura Olson who took a position as the executive director of the Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation in Eureka.
Prior to joining The Endowment as a program manager, Wiki served as the BHC Hub Manager during the first years of BHC. Subsequently, she relocated to New Zealand to consult with the New Zealand government as an Executive Designer with ThinkPlace, a human-centered design consultancy aimed at improving systems and policies to work better for people and the public good. While there, she was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the national Centre for Social Impact.
“We’re thrilled to have Geneva onboard,” said Sandra Witt, director of The Endowment’s Healthy Communities-North Region. “She has the experience, skills and personal attributes to hit the ground running. She is an important voice for the far-north region of our state.”
Previously, Wiki was also the Executive Director of the Yurok Indian Tribe of California – of which she is a member – and Founding Director of a community-driven, non-profit charter high school on the reservation. Named one of America’s 37 Innovators under the age of 36 by the Smithsonian Magazine, Wiki’s work has also been recognized by the US Department of State, High County News, and Native Americans in Business and Enterprise.
Wiki earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a degree in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon. She resides on the Yurok reservation with her husband and three daughters.
About The California Endowment
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. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. 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 Web site at www.calendow.org.