Dr. Gabriela Alcalde Joins the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation as Executive Director

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation (EBSF) is pleased to announce that Gabriela Alcalde has been appointed Executive Director and will join the team on August 1, 2019.  Gabriela brings over 20 years’ experience as a leader, grantmaker, and scholar working at the intersections of public health, community organizing, advocacy, racial equity and systems change.   In her current role as Managing Director for Equity and Health at Richmond Memorial Health Foundation in Virginia, she has developed an equity-driven grantmaking strategy, led policy and advocacy efforts, and worked to center community voice across all Foundation and grantee activities.  Prior to her current position, Gabriela served as Vice President of Policy and Programs at the statewide Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which focused on access to care, place-based grantmaking, and equity-driven systems change.  A nationally recognized scholar and leader in public health and health philanthropy, Gabriela has published and presented widely on a host of topics related to public health, health disparities, women’s and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, immigrant justice, and equity in philanthropy.  

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New Board Chair and Vice-Chair

Dear Friends of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation,

As president of the Sewall Foundation for the past thirteen years, I have had the privilege of being part of a team of thoughtful board and staff members supporting the great work of organizations across Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment. It has been deeply fulfilling for me to see my mother’s philanthropic legacy expand and adapt to address Maine’s needs and the challenges of our time.

I am very pleased to announce a decision that marks the next step for the Sewall Foundation. The Board of Directors has elected Carol Wishcamper and Gail Dana-Sacco as our new board chair and vice-chair, respectively.

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Executive Director Transition

Dear Friends of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, 

As a friend and partner of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, we wanted you to know that Jay Espy has announced his intention to step down as Executive Director next June after 11 years of service.   Under Jay’s leadership as our first Executive Director, the Sewall Foundation has expanded its philanthropic support for important work across Maine.  In addition, he has helped the Foundation develop a clear mission, a strong set of values centered on equity, a dedicated and diverse Board of Directors and an extraordinarily capable staff

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