May 19 2015

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) – The state’s largest health foundation today announced the appointment of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño to its board of directors effective May 19, 2015. Bishop Carcaño currently serves as the Los Angeles Bishop for the United Methodist Church (UMC), California-Pacific Conference.

Bishop Carcaño – who has expertise in theology, social justice, immigration, youth issues, advocacy and race relations – has also served as the Bishop for the UMC, Desert Southwest Conference in Phoenix, Arizona from 2004-2012.  Prior to that she served the UMC as the District Superintendent of the Western area (West Texas and New Mexico), Rio Grande Conference and of the Greater Portland area, Oregon-Idaho Conference.  In addition, Bishop Carcaño served as the Director of the Mexican-American Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas from 1996-2001, and as pastor of congregations in Texas, New Mexico and northern California from 1978-1986 and 1992-1996.

Bishop Carcaño serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries, Southwest Industrial Education Fund, General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, and the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race, among others. She also is a member of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders, the UMC’s Council of Bishops, and UMC’s Western College of Bishops.

A resident of Pasadena, Bishop Carcaño earned her Masters of Theology from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. She has been honored with the New Mexico Council of Churches Turquoise Award, Order of the Sisters of Loretto’s Mary Rhodes Award, Auburn School of Theology’s Lives of Commitment Award, and Arizona Interfaith Movement’s Golden Rule Religious Award.

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

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