Health is more than what takes place in a clinical care environment. The socioeconomic health of a community is what leads to healthy neighborhoods. Being on the GSEC Board affords us the opportunity to connect with business leaders who share our hopes, dreams and aspirations for making Greater Sacramento an extraordinary place to live.
Chet P. Hewitt is President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and its nonprofit intermediary partner, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. Over the past decade, Chet has led a bold collective impact strategy focused on promoting health, equity and social justice in underserved communities to improve the well-being of children, youth and families.
Recognized for his strategic thinking and willingness to take thoughtful risk, Chet has received national attention for his emphasis on making the Foundation’s and The Center’s partnerships with local communities and public and private funders the centerpiece of both organizations’ strategy for change. Efforts launched by the Foundation and The Center include California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, Positive Youth Justice Initiative, Black Child Legacy Campaign and San Joaquin Valley Health Fund.
Prior to joining Sierra Health Foundation, Chet served as Director of Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York and Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco. He has received numerous awards for his service to children and families, including the 2017 Terrance Keenan Leadership in Health Philanthropy Award. Chet is an Annie E. Casey Children and Families Leadership Fellow, and serves on the boards of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, Public Policy Institute of California, Advance Peace and CalNonprofits.