Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Colorado Health Foundation selects new leader for advocacy group

Last year, the Colorado Health Foundation created and seed funded a new, health-focused 501(c)(4) organization in an effort to bolster health advocacy in Colorado. Now that organization has a leader. The advocacy group, which will be officially named in the coming weeks, has hired Jake Williams as its executive director. As its new head, Williams will drive its mission to increase Coloradans' access to health coverage, quality health care and healthy living through changes in public policy. While the (c)(4) is separate from and independent of the Foundation, its mission not only aligns with our work but also with the health needs of Colorado communities.

Williams, who received his masters in comparative politics and policy from the London School of Economics, most recently served as a consultant to the Walton Family Foundation in their effort to sustain the Colorado River and to the Gill Foundation in their effort to promote LGBT legal equality. Previously, he was campaigns director for the Western Conservation Foundation and campaign director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In addition, he has led a number of other grassroots engagement and advocacy campaigns in Colorado. He lives in Lafayette, Colo., with his wife and two daughters.

For further information contact: Jake Williams, executive director: jwilliams.health@gmail.com or720-227-1566. Follow Jake on Twitter: @thisjw.

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