The board of trustees for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation nominated Cari Davis as executive director, according to a news release from the city. The appointment is pending approval by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and City Council confirmation tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Davis, who was unanimously selected by the board from a nationwide pool of candidates, has extensive experience in the health care industry. Davis recently served as hospital management senior associate for Yale University-Global Health Leadership Institute where she taught hospital leadership and management skills to health care professionals in Rwanda. She served as director of communications and marketing for Memorial Health System. Prior to that position, Davis was the executive director of T.E.S.S.A. in Colorado Springs providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has a double master’s degree in business administration and public health from Yale University.
“Cari is a proven leader in the health care and human service sectors with particular expertise in nonprofit organization leadership and management which will help the Foundation navigate a large variety of effective and innovative approaches to generate the greatest impact in Colorado Springs and surrounding communities,” said Lynette Crow-Iverson, board trustee and chair of the search committee.
As the first executive director, Davis will focus on many areas during her initial months, including creating the organization’s website, establishing grant making processes and working closely with community partners to assess the community’s health needs.
The Colorado Springs Health Foundation is a nonprofit public foundation committed to finding and filling voids in the Colorado Springs area where health and wellness services are not as easily accessible as they should be, the release said. The foundation was established by the City of Colorado Springs for the purposes of receiving, holding and managing all funds received from the city’s lease of the operations of Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health, as well as for holding the responsibility of creating grants and distributing funds for the purpose of addressing health issues in the city and Memorial Health System service area. Fully realizing the potential to positively impact the health and wellness of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities, the Foundation has set its standards high in becoming dedicated to the mission of making “El Paso and Teller the healthiest counties in Colorado”.
Davis’ first day of employment will be early March.