New Portfolio Directors Named to the Colorado Health Foundation’s Philanthropy Department
DENVER, CO – The Colorado Health Foundation announced today that two new portfolio directors will join its philanthropy team, which is responsible for management of the organization’s grantmaking portfolios.
Erica Snow has been promoted to portfolio director for Health Care and Health Coverage, and Jehan Benton-Clark will join the Foundation in June as portfolio director for community engagement.
Snow, a staff member since 2008, most recently served as interim portfolio director, leading the Foundation’s efforts to ensure that all Coloradans have health coverage and achieve health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. Prior to that, she served as a senior program officer and was responsible for developing and managing funding initiatives, including a four-year Colorado in designing a high-quality, cost-effective and person-centered long-term services and supports system. With experience in philanthropy, health care, policy and the environmental field, Snow has held positions in community mental health, hospital, nonprofit and research settings. Her volunteer experience includes the Peace Corps in Madagascar, Africa; Boys and Girls Club of Vermont; Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks; and founding board member of Academy 360 charter school. Snow holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Master of Science in Community Mental Health from the University of Vermont. She resides in Denver with her husband, Brian; and daughter, Chloe.
Benton-Clark will join the Foundation in June as portfolio director for community engagement. In this role, she will lead the Foundation’s efforts to engage with communities throughout Colorado to identify and nurture opportunities to improve the health of Coloradans. Benton-Clark currently serves as a senior program officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina. She has led the Trust’s statewide mental health and substance abuse portfolio and oversees Healthy Places North Carolina, a long-term, place-based philanthropic initiative to improve the health of people in North Carolina’s poorest rural communities. She recently received the Emerging Leader in Philanthropy award from ABFE, a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Benton-Clark was recognized for her outstanding work and leadership to bridge divides and work closely with communities throughout North Carolina to improve health. Benton-Clark previously served as the executive director of Partners Ending Homelessness, an intermediary organization responsible for coordinating the service delivery system for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Guilford County. She is a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow and an ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellow. Benton-Clark holds a Master of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Benton-Clark will relocate to Colorado with her husband, Damian; her daughter, Sloane; and dog, Dakota.
“The Foundation is a steward of resources for communities across Colorado. Our mission is to improve the health and health care of all Coloradans, and we take our obligation to the people of Colorado very seriously. Having talented, passionate and committed leaders is critical to helping us achieve that mission,” said Amy Latham, vice president of philanthropy. “Jehan and Erica bring diverse backgrounds and experience to their respective roles. I’m humbled and the Foundation is fortunate to have such exemplary people on our team.”
About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation is singularly focused on helping Coloradans live their healthiest lives by advancing opportunities to pursue good health and achieve health equity through grantmaking, policy and advocacy, strategic private investments and convening to drive change. For more information, please visit www.coloradohealth.org.