Gerald R. Solomon
Executive Director, Samueli Foundation
Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s
Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior
to the Samueli Foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health
Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years, where he transformed the
organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national
prominence. At the time of Mr. Solomon’s departure, PHFE was operating in 31
states with 1,600 employees and annual revenues exceeding $120 Million.
Since his tenure at Samueli, the Foundation has achieved
many significant goals, including; refining the Foundation’s strategic plan,
and establishing a secondary operating foundation entitled Anaheim Ducks
Foundation to address community health disparity issues through the use of
hockey. In addition, the Foundation has developed long range collaborative
community initiatives to: address systemic safety net needs in the Santa Ana
region, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education
deficiencies within the K – 16 continuum, and the need to broaden the
healthcare dialogue to focus on a true health and wellness approach through
integrative medicine practices.
Mr. Solomon currently serves on several Boards and
Committees, including: UCLA’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council;
UCI’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; UCI’s Dept of Education
Chair’s Advisory Committee, Orange County’s STEM Funder’s Network; Orange
County Roundtable of Funders, and actively supports and works with Grantmakers
in Health and Grantmakers For Education on local, regional and national issues.
Previous work has included service on the Board of Directors
of: the NACCHO-CDC national accreditation committee developing standards for
public health departments; OCHNA – Orange County Health Needs Assessment; Chair
of CMPHL – the California Medical and Public Health Leadership Group; the
Executive Steering Committee for the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors; and
Treasurer of Alliance for Nonprofit Management headquartered in Washington DC.
Mr. Solomon offers a diverse executive leadership
background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful
nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18
year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.