Joseph Lumarda joins health foundation board in January

Joe Lumarda was on the board of Ayala Foundation USA

The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced the appointments of Joe Lumarda, senior vice president and investment counselor of Capital Group Private Client Services in Los Angeles, and Debra Nakatomi, president of Nakatomi & Associates in Santa Monica, to Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors. Elected at the September 2014 Board meeting, they will commence their service on January 1, 2015.

“We are thrilled to expand our Board by welcoming Joe and Debra,” said Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., Cal Wellness’ Board chair. “They will both bring a wealth of knowledge from their vast experiences in the nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate sectors.”

Lumarda, a Filipino American, is senior vice president and investment counselor of Capital Group Private Client Services, a leading investment management firm. A seasoned philanthropic business leader, he spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation in the roles of vice president for development, executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is the board chair of the Center for Nonprofit Management, and a board member of Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation, Pasadena Child Health Foundation and Southern California Grantmakers.

For Lumarda, joining Cal Wellness’ Board feels like a natural fit.

“What I love about Wellness is its holistic focus,” Lumarda said. “I was raised to believe that wellness is not just about health care in terms of hospitals and clinics. It’s also about the health and safety of the community as a whole. With the Foundation’s new leadership, renewed strategies and a focus built upon its legacy, it’s an excellent time to be joining the Board.”

Debra Nakatomi

Nakatomi is president of Nakatomi & Associates, a Santa Monica-based communications firm dedicated to advancing social change, promoting equity and designing awareness initiatives for nonprofit, public and private organizations committed to social good. She has served regional, national and global organizations committed to expanding philanthropy for women and girls, promoting health equity and advancing wellness for underserved communities. Nakatomi is former board secretary and international commissioner for Girl Scouts of the USA and chair-elect of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation.

Judy Belk, Cal Wellness’ president and CEO, expressed her delight with the results of the Board’s extensive search to expand its breadth and scope.

“I am so pleased to welcome Joe and Debra to our distinguished group of trustees,” Belk said. “They are both passionate about addressing disparities in our state and using expertise in their respective fields to advance health and wellness in California.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,523 grants totaling more than $899 million.

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