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The California Endowment Appoints Director of Learning and Evaluation

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NCG member The California Endowment has welcomed Janine Saunders, EdD, MPH as it's Director of Learning and Evaluation. Welcome to the NCG community, Janine!

October 23, 2017 | Oakland, CA – The California Endowment today announced the appointment of Janine Saunders, EdD, MPH, as Director of Learning and Evaluation. Dr. Saunders, who has 15 years’ experience in research, evaluation and professional learning, will partner with The Endowment’s Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Hanh Cao Yu, and help lead The Endowment’s learning and evaluation department activities to ensure local communities, local and statewide grantees, and The Endowment’s Board and staff understand the impact of the foundation’s philanthropic work to improve community health in 14 of California’s underserved communities and across the state.

“Janine will play an instrumental role in building understanding and communicating the key lessons, progress, successes and failures of the implementation of The Endowment’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative,” said Dr. Hanh Cao Yu, Chief Learning Officer for The California Endowment. “She will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

Prior to joining The Endowment, Dr. Saunders was a program manager and principal investigator at Education, Training & Research Associates in Oakland, CA where she planned, coordinated and managed multiple research and evaluation projects related to health equity, school health, and sexual reproductive health. In addition, Dr. Saunders concurrently served as an independent research and evaluation consultant on various projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Saunders earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, her MPH in Health and Social Behavior at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Doctorate in Education in Equity and Social Justice at San Francisco State University.

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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