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Patricia Mathews

Northern Virginia Health Foundation

Patricia N. Mathews is the first President & CEO of Northern Virginia Health Foundation, a private foundation created in 2005 whose mission is to improve the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia, with particular emphasis on the health of the uninsured.  In addition to grantmaking, Ms. Mathews’ role at the Foundation includes developing coalitions and collaboratives.  She has been instrumental in creating and supporting the Northern Virginia Health Services Coalition, the first multi-jurisdictional coalition of primary care safety net providers in Northern Virginia.  She has also been a guiding force behind the creation of the Northern Virginia Oral Health Safety Net Coalition.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Mathews served for more than seven years as Executive Director, Community Relations at Kaiser Permanente—Mid-Atlantic States, where she annually managed more than $12 million annually in charitable assets and oversaw programs that provided charitable health care to more than 5,000 uninsured adults and children, and helped to develop a strategic framework for addressing the issues of healthy eating/active living in the region.    

During her career, Ms. Mathews has held a variety of senior-level positions including Vice President for Programs, National AIDS Fund; President, National Bank of Washington Foundation; and Editorial Writer, The Washington Post

Active in the community for many years, Ms. Mathews currently serves on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Health.  She also is the Immediate Past Chari of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and served on that board of directors for more than six year.  She is also a member of that group’s Healthy Communities Working Group.  Ms. Mathews is a member of the Women’s Advisory Group of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Virginia Public Health Association and of theatreWashington.  She is also a member of the Virginia Consortium of Health Philanthropy and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington.

Ms. Mathews received a B.A. from George Washington University, and completed two years of the Masters Program in Urban Planning at Howard University.  She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.