Brandywine Health Foundation Announces Vanessa Briggs as President and CEO

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Jill Whitcomb

The Brandywine Health Foundation Board of Directors today announced that Vanessa Briggs has been named as the foundation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Ms. Briggs will assume her position effective July 17, 2017.

Vanessa Briggs is an experienced leader in the field of public health with roots in the Philadelphia area.  She has devoted her entire career to advancing health equity and empowering vulnerable families and youth to live healthier lives. Ms. Briggs is highly skilled in working with communities to solve complex problems through multi-sectoral strategic partnerships, community engagement, health promotion and education, and disease management interventions.  She comes to the foundation with significant expertise in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and in building multi-sector partnerships between health providers, policymakers and community members.

 “After an extensive formal search process, led by a committee of the Board and with consulting support from Criterion Search Group, Inc., our Board believes that Vanessa’s skills and expertise will complement the incredible talents of the foundation’s current staff and volunteers,” commented Dawn James, Board Chair. “We are looking forward to providing our donors, grantees, and community partners with several opportunities to meet her in-person over the coming months”. 

As President and CEO, Ms. Briggs will guide the overall organizational vision, strategic direction, operating and fiscal policies to ensure successful fulfillment of BHF’s mission with governance from the Board, and input from the staff.  She will continue to strengthen the

Brandywine Health Foundation’s well established reputation through increased visibility and by further building, maintaining and nurturing our network of donors, grantees, and community partners so critical to the mission of the foundation and our work in the greater Coatesville area.

“I am honored and excited by this opportunity to lead the Brandywine Health Foundation as it continues its commitment to create vibrant healthy communities in Greater Coatesville,” commented Ms. Briggs.  “For more than twenty years, my career has focused on developing strategic alliances and partnerships with diverse stakeholders who are unilaterally dedicated to solving complex community health, economic and social problems. It will now be my privilege to return to Southeastern PA and use that experience as I work with donors, grantees and partners to build a healthier future in our growing community.” 

Prior to joining Brandywine Health Foundation, Vanessa served as Vice President, Community Health, at Holy Cross Health in Silver Springs, Maryland.  Before joining Holy Cross Health, Vanessa held the position of Executive Director for the Health Promotion Council, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation.  In her fifteen years at the Health Promotion Council, she grew the organization’s budget three-fold during her tenure while developing and leading several large-scale regional and national childhood obesity, nutrition and health equity initiatives. Vanessa began her career in senior dining and clinical nutrition services to improve the quality of life for older adults for Marriott Sodexho Health.

Ms. Briggs is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Health Administration, from Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.