Leadership Transition at the Foundation

Evelyn Dilsaver, Blue Shield of California Foundation Board Chair


Great leaders share their vision, exude integrity, and inspire others to embrace new opportunities that push their limits. Today I am writing to inform you that Dr. Peter Long, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will leave Blue Shield of California Foundation on April 12 to take on a new opportunity as the Senior Vice President of Health Care and Community Transformation for Blue Shield of California.

Since arriving at the Foundation in 2010, Dr. Long has been a driving force in building a world-class foundation that has transformed health care for low-income Californians and tirelessly worked to end domestic violence. Over the past nine years, in partnership with the Foundation’s Board and incredible staff, he has supported significant improvements in access to health care and domestic violence services and engaged patients and survivors in shaping the services they receive. He leaves a vibrant foundation with a diverse, talented, and dedicated team and a clear vision for the future. We wish him well as he moves to support the mission of Blue Shield of California.

Dr. Raymond Baxter will serve as CEO during the transition. Dr. Baxter, a retired health care executive and respected philanthropic leader, currently serves as a Trustee on the Foundation’s Board. We are confident that the Foundation will continue to flourish under Dr. Baxter’s leadership. The Board will immediately begin a national search for the next President and CEO. We look forward to finding a dynamic leader to guide the Foundation during its next phase.

Through this leadership transition, the Foundation remains committed to achieving its mission to build lasting and equitable solutions that make California the healthiest state and to end domestic violence. We remain steadfast in living our values of equity, partnership, possibility, and integrity. Although change can be challenging, we are excited by the possibilities the future holds. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about the Foundation’s current work.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we continue our remarkable journey to improve health and well-being and to end domestic violence. Together, we will all move further forward.

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