Peter Long, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Peter Long, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He leads the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. In 2014, the Foundation awarded 481 grants totaling $31.8 million across California, making it one of the state’s largest grantmaking institutions.

Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Dr. Long served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. He has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national, and global levels, and has written numerous papers on these topics.

Dr. Long also served as the director of development and programs for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, before assuming his position there as executive director. Previously, in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Long served as a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network during the country’s transition to democracy.

Outside of his role as CEO, Dr. Long is actively involved in multiple healthcare and professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and the Governance Board at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He was one of the lead organizers of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, which raised more than $200 million for veterans and military families and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium for Value & Science-Driven Health Care. In addition, he practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Long received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University; a master’s in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.

peter.long@blueshieldcafoundation.org