Steven Cole-Schwartz

Vice President of Programs

Group Health Foundation

    As Vice President of Programs, Steven is responsible for developing and implementing an ambitious grantmaking, leadership, and power-building strategy to advance health equity in Washington. Steven is recognized for moving philanthropy toward greater investment in people and communities and supporting community leaders to become increasingly influential advocates and drivers of change. Most recently, he served as the executive director of The Partnership Funds, a funding collaborative dedicated to winning greater democracy and equity—from New Mexico to Minnesota to Virginia and beyond. As the founder of his own consulting firm, a senior leader at the Tides Foundation, and an early staff member at Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Steven has earned a reputation as an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader.

    Steven serves on the board of the Alliance for Youth Organizing. He loves to travel for work and for fun—around the state, country, and globe. Steven, his husband, and their dog are especially excited to explore Washington State after their move from Washington, D.C. Steven studied theology and philosophy at Creighton University.

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