Brandywine Health Foundation Names New CEO

Vanessa Briggs

The Brandywine Health Foundation Board of Directors has announced that Vanessa Briggs has been named as the foundation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Briggs, an experienced leader in the field of public health with roots in the Philadelphia area, will assume her position on July 17.

She has devoted her entire career to advancing health equity and empowering vulnerable families and youth to live healthier lives. She is highly skilled in working with communities to solve complex problems through multi-sectoral strategic partnerships, community engagement, health promotion and education, and disease management interventions.

Briggs comes to the foundation with significant expertise in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and in building multi-sector partnerships between health providers, policymakers, and community members.

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“After an extensive formal search process, led by a committee of the Board and with consulting support from Criterion Search Group, Inc., our Board believes that Vanessa’s skills and expertise will complement the incredible talents of the foundation’s current staff and volunteers,” said Dawn James, Board Chair.

“We are looking forward to providing our donors, grantees, and community partners with several opportunities to meet her in person over the coming months.”

As President and CEO, Briggs will guide the overall organizational vision, strategic direction, and operating and fiscal policies to ensure successful fulfillment of BHF’s mission. She will continue to strengthen the foundation’s well-established reputation through increased visibility and by further building, maintaining, and nurturing its network of donors, grantees, and community partners.

“For more than 20 years, my career has focused on developing strategic alliances and partnerships with diverse stakeholders who are unilaterally dedicated to solving complex community health, economic, and social problems,” said Briggs. “It will now be my privilege to return to Southeastern Pa. and use that experience as I work with donors, grantees, and partners to build a healthier future in our growing community.”

Prior to joining Brandywine Health Foundation, Briggs served as Vice President, Community Health, at Holy Cross Health in Silver Springs, Md.

Briggs is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Health Administration, from Eastern University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from Rowan University.

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