Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to the Samueli Foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years, where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence. At the time of Mr. Solomon’s departure, PHFE was operating in 31 states with 1,500 employees and annual revenues exceeding $120 Million.
During his tenure at Samueli, Mr. Solomon has overseen their philanthropic activities focused on STEM education, youth, integrative health and Jewish leadership. A few of his key milestones reached include; refining the Foundation’s strategic plan, helping to establish the Anaheim Ducks Foundation in order to develop a sports philanthropic approach to address community health disparity issues through the use of hockey, and development of local and national programs to broaden the healthcare dialogue to focus on a true health, wellness and well-being approach through integrative medicine practices.
Mr. Solomon also serves on the board of the CDE Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, as well as on the Dean’s Advisory Councils for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and the UCI School of Education. Previous work has included service on the Board of Directors of: the NACCHO-CDC national accreditation committee developing standards for public health departments; OCHNA – Orange County Health Needs Assessment; Chair of CMPHL – the California Medical and Public Health Leadership Group; and Treasurer of Alliance for Nonprofit Management headquartered in Washington DC.
Mr. Solomon offers a diverse executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18 year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem. Mr. Solomon’s nonprofit experience includes serving as President of a Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, CEO of a multi-state residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, and as Executive Director of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.