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John and Wauna Harman Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NCG member the John and Wauna Harman Foundation has appointed Julie Boudreau as its new Executive Director. Welcome to the NCG community! Read the announcement from the Foundation below:


April 2, 2019

The John and Wauna Harman Foundation, a nationally-focused foundation championing public education around end-of-life care planning, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Boudreau as Executive Director. This appointment coincides with the Foundation’s celebration of its 20-year anniversary. 

“Julie Boudreau has extensive experience as an outreach specialist and advance care planning community engagement expert and served as the Foundation’s grants manager for two years prior to this appointment. Not only does Julie bring subject matter expertise and a good understanding of the Harman Foundation’s culture, she’s also an excellent communicator and a joy to work with,” said Julie Berrey, the outgoing Executive Director and Foundation trustee, who will continue to serve in her trustee role.   

As Executive Director, Ms. Boudreau will guide activities and grantmaking in support of the Foundation’s focus on improving “upstream” advance care planning initiatives, with a particular interest in underrepresented communities. The Harman board looks forward to building on the success its grantees have had in creatively harnessing community partnerships to reach more geographically, ethnically and racially diverse audiences through activities that spark conversations about values and end-of-life care wishes.

Ms. Boudreau had been serving as a consultant to the Harman Foundation since 2015 and welcomes the opportunity to dive even further into the mission of the foundation. “The John and Wauna Harman Foundation is small and nimble, and values close relationships with grantees and other foundations. This, combined with a commitment to encourage communities to explore end-of-life conversations on their own terms, is a powerful way to fill gaps and address disparities,” states Ms. Boudreau who holds a master’s degree in public health from San Jose State University. She brings to her role 15 years of career experience in culturally sensitive advance care planning education and community engagement, with special expertise in cultivating collaborations that support the culture changes needed to improve the way we die in the United States.

For more information about the Foundation visit www.jwhfoundation.org

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