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Bob Ross

The California Endowment
Chief Executive Officer
Robert K. Ross, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Before his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia from 1990 to 1993.

Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy as both a public health executive and a clinician. His service includes the following: Medical Director for LINK School‐Based Clinic Program in Camden, New Jersey; Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future, and was Chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate degree, master’s degree in public administration, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from 1988 to 1990, focusing on urban child health issues.

He has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the regional and national level. Dr. Ross serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Co‐Chair of Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition; and a board member of the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. He has also served as a board member of Grantmakers in Health, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way, and Jackie Robinson YMCA.

Dr. Ross has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2011 Public Health Champion award from the UCLA School of Public Health, 2011 Latino Health Alliance Champion Award, 2011 California Association of Human Relations Organization Civil Rights Award, 2009 Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Access to Justice Award, and the Council on Foundations’ 2008 Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year Award. He has also been named by Capitol Weekly as one of California’s most influential civic leaders in health policy, and was recently cited by the NonProfit Times as one of the “50 Most Influential Non‐Profit Leaders in America.” In 1999, he was named by Governing Magazine as a national Public Official of the Year for his leadership in innovative health and social services delivery.

During his tenure at The California Endowment, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, reducing childhood obesity, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions.
In the Los Angeles region, Dr. Ross has provided leadership to support the re‐opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center and the revitalization of Charles Drew University. In 2010, The California Endowment launched a 10‐year statewide commitment, investing $1 billion to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California.

Recently, Dr. Ross has helped bring greater philanthropic attention to the health and well‐being of young men of color across California and the nation. He also currently serves on the Vestry Board at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 4

12:15pm EST