Executive Director TBA
The Merage Foundations, a nonprofit consortium comprised of four grantmaking foundations and four operating foundations, is seeking to hire an Executive Director for The Equitas Project.
Equitas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit operating foundation centered on the belief that disentangling the mental health and criminal justice systems will yield individual and community prosperity. It leverages its many strengths to convene law enforcement, the judicial system, and the mental health field leaders to craft interagency policy and practice solutions. Equitas promotes mental health awareness and champions laws, policies, and practices that prioritize improved population health outcomes, sensible use of resources, and the decriminalization of mental illness.
Gwendolyn West brings over a decade of experience in marketing, communications, development, and event planning in both non-profit and for-profit sectors, to her role as Project Manager for The Equitas Project. An emerging public health leader with a track record of aligning communications and strategy on behalf of philanthropic and policy-oriented organizations, Gwendolyn manages Equitas' major national projects including partners, timelines, budgets, deliverables, and more. As part of a lean organization, Gwendolyn also manages marketing and communications, event planning, and operations. Gwendolyn has previously served the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) in several capacities, including the Professional Development (conference planning), Membership, Communications, and Health Equity subcommittees from 2014-2019. Gwendolyn also served on the CPHA Board of Directors, as Communications Director, from 2016-2017. Ms. West was honored with the organization’s Emerging Leader in Public Health award in 2017. Gwendolyn earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.