HealthSpark Foundation Staffing Transitions


Russell Johnson, President & CEO

For the past 20 years HealthSpark Foundation has engaged the community in seeking solutions to address the unmet needs of individuals and families served by the safety net system.  From investments in equity focused organizations to the recent initiation of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund, HealthSpark has established a community-centered, trauma-informed framework for systems change and improvement.

This is a framework that could not have been established without the hard work and forward vision of a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, consultants, and board members working in partnership with community nonprofit, faith, philanthropic, and government leaders. While the pending retirement of Russ Johnson and the recent resignations of two staff members present new opportunities, the day-to-day work of the foundation is continuing thanks to the dedication of the remaining staff and its two consultants.  Meghan McVety, Capacity for Change, is continuing her work with the Safety Net Initiative.  Dwayne Wharton and his colleagues at Just Strategies are also partnering with the staff and their efforts will focus on supporting the next phase of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund. 

Once the foundation’s board announces the new leader later this fall, he or she will be assessing how to best support the foundation’s legacy programs and activities while also exploring how to advance the foundation’s work and continued commitment to secure an equitable, connected, and thriving community.