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Matt James Elected to Board of Children’s Health Foundation

PALO ALTO – Matt James, senior vice president for media and public education at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a national philanthropy focusing on major health issues in the United States and South Africa. The foundation is a non-partisan source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public.

James is responsible for overseeing the Kaiser Family Foundation’s media and public education programs, which include partnerships with MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, the Washington Post, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Public Radio and others. James also serves as executive director of, a daily online health information resource for the health policy community.

In addition to his work at the Kaiser Family Foundation, James has served as a communications and philanthropic advisor to Cisco Systems, Inc. In 1994, James was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the Morris K. Udall Foundation for Scholarship and Excellence in Environmental Policy. He has also served on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the Communications Network in Philanthropy and currently sits on advisory panels for the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, James worked on Capitol Hill as a political and communications advisor for Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Dale Bumpers, and Congressman Morris K. Udall.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health was established in 1996 as an independent public charity to promote and protect the health of children. The foundation raises funds for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the pediatric programs at the Stanford School of Medicine. The foundation also make grants to community organizations that promote the health and well-being of children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and disseminates information on children’s health issues.

Other foundation board members are Anne T. Bass; Robert L. Black, M.D.; Martha S. Campbell; Roger A. Clay Jr.; Price M. Cobbs, M.D.; LaDoris Cordell; J. Taylor Crandall; John M. Driscoll, M.D.; Bruce Dunlevie; the Hon. Liz Figueroa; Marcia L. Goldman; Laurence R. Hoagland Jr.; Irene M. Ibarra; Susan Liautaud; William F. Nichols; Susan P. Orr; George Pavlov; Stephen Peeps; Russell Siegelman; Karen Sutherland; and Alan A. Watahara.