New Executive Director Takes Helm on December 15th
Deidre Johnson Named New CEO for the Center for African American Health
CAAH Board Elects New Executive Director
Denver, CO, November 6, 2015 — The Center for African American Health today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Deidre Johnson as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director. Deidre previously held the position of President at Sight Line Strategies Inc. Deidre is a Denver native, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Princeton University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Johnson currently serves on the board of trustees of St. Mary’s Academy and Co-Chairs the Denver Princeton Prize in Race Relations Committee for the Rocky Mountain Princeton Club. She is also a member of the Cavity Free at Three Advisory Board for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Deidre brings more than 15 years non-profit and foundation experience to her new role.
“The board conducted an exhaustive six-month national search focusing on looking for the best candidate to lead the Center for African American Health for many years to come” says board chair Haven Moses. “After screening countless resumes and conducting numerous interviews, Deidre rose to the top of the list. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated strong leadership and management skills, as well as strategic skills that have improved many lives in our community. She has proven her commitment to children and families with health issues, which directly aligns with the Center for African American Health’s core values and mission.”
Prior to establishing Sight Line Strategies, Inc., Johnson was a Program Officer for The Colorado Trust, where she was responsible for working with the Colorado children’s health community to significantly increase and expand access to health coverage and health care for children and youth throughout the state and managed an $18 million grant portfolio. Johnson has also served as Vice President of Development and Marketing for Qualistar Early Learning, worked as a senior consultant with JVA Consulting, and has held various leadership positions in development and communications with the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers and the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.
The Center for African-American Health is a community-based organization providing disease prevention and disease management programs to African Americans living in the metro Denver area.
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