The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) welcomes Luz B. Delgado as Deputy Director for Programs & Strategy.

Ms. Delgado is a national expert in organizational management, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy for social justice and equity.  Ms. Delgado worked with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, as well as in the philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.  She worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was a Program Officer for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and Deputy Director to the Vice for Racial Equity and Healing, Community Engagement & Leadership, Learning & Impact, and the priority places of New Mexico, Mississippi, and New Orleans.

“I support change and transformation in organizations and executives to achieve equity, racial equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice,” Ms. Delgado said. “I look forward to continuing that work with NCHE.”

Ms. Delgado will play a critical role in overseeing NCHE’s three priority areas: Truth Racial Healing and Transformation for Health Equity, Research Data and Information Systems, and Leadership for Health Equity.  A key member of the NCHE leadership team, she will lead NCHE’s strategic planning and partnership efforts to advance NCHE’s growth and development of a diverse and passionate team that represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE.   

Ms. Delgado holds a Masters in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding University, Santa Barbara; and a BA in Management at Universidad Interamericana, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. 

We are also happy to announce NCHE promotions for Jalisa Whitley and Willene Hare.

Jalisa Whitley has been promoted from Senior Program Manager to Director of Leadership Programs, where she will help develop leaders and catalyze cross-sector partnerships that create a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership and collaboration drive policy decisions, Ms. Whitley strives to connect with people impacted by social and racial injustices and transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism.

A native of Geneva, New York, Ms. Whitley received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

As Director of Leadership Programs, Ms. Whitley is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, quality, and success of the NCHE leadership programs and other NCHE initiatives, including the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing and Healing Through Policy Initiative, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

Willene Hare has been promoted from Program Coordinator to Program Associate. She will continue to support NCHE’s leadership programs, specifically, the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing (CoHLI), a new 18-month leadership experience that supports on the ground practitioners within diverse public health, health equity, advocacy, academic, nonprofit, and other networks to engage in shared learning and strategy development.  As Program Associate, she will also support a variety of NCHE’s other programs.  Ms. Hare received her degree in International Comparative Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Health Policy certificate from Duke 2007, Masters of Public Administration from University of the District of Columbia in 2011.

“We are all excited to welcome Luz Benitez Delgado to our NCHE team; and we celebrate the promotion of our talented and dedicated staff members, Jalisa Whitley and Willene Hare.  It’s with joy that we announce these staff changes to meet the expanding demand for our work on racial and health equity.” Gail C. Christopher

Title: Deputy Director for Programs and Strategy
Location: Washington, D.C. (There will be remote consideration for this role.)
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: $140,000-160,000


Founded in 2014, NCHE was established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration. Health equity, in our view, requires creating the conditions that foster the best possible health for all populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or nativity. It requires us to actively measure and improve conditions for health and well-being, including those related to housing, education, income and wealth, and the physical and social environment. And it requires us to correct historic and contemporary injustices and inequities in these dimensions that are often brought about by racism operating at structural, institutional, and interpersonal levels. NCHE’s work is guided by the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation framework (TRHT), a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the history and contemporary effects of racism, envisioned by Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of NCHE.


At a pivotal moment of growth, NCHE now seeks a Deputy Director for Programs and Strategy to provide high-level leadership to NCHE’s programs and strategy, lead NCHE’s partnerships and organizational alliances, and serve as an external representative and advocate for NCHE.

The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and provide leadership to a dedicated team in the growth of NCHE’s programs and impact in the field. Key areas of responsibility include:
Vision & Strategy

The Deputy Director will provide leadership to programs and initiatives of NCHE, ensuring alignment with organizational strategy, mission, and vision. The growth of the programmatic work will elevate a focus on the connections between data and community empowerment through knowledge and insight. Additionally, the Deputy Director will partner with the Executive Director to develop and provide robust consultative services that integrate health equity and racial healing into organizational development strategies for partners and clients. S/he/they will lead the development of NCHE’s written publications to ensure that lessons learned and expertise are shared widely.


NCHE has distinguished itself as a leader in leading collaborations that are designed to change the course of racial inequality and the health inequities that come as a result. At a moment of significant opportunity in the field, NCHE is expanding its programmatic work to focus on helping local jurisdictions apply the equity focused data- domains and indicators, of the HOPE Data initiative in advocating for public health policies that will help to ensure a more equitable recovery from the Covid19 pandemic. Additionally, NCHE is leading the following programs and initiatives in support of its mission:

Culture of Health Leaders is co-led by NCHE and CommonHealth ACTION and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This program will develop leaders to promote a national Culture of Health through collaboration and transformational leadership in their communities.

The Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative provides an interactive data tool designed to help states and the country move beyond measuring disparities to spurring action toward health equity. HOPE tracks social determinants of health and health outcomes by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. This work leverages an opportunity framework to set aspirational but achievable goals to improve life outcomes—especially populations of color most affected by systemic racism and conscious and unconscious bias.

Collaboratives for Health Equity (CHE) is a national network designed to empower leaders and communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this initiative is focused on helping community leaders make their towns and cities better places and healthier places to live.

Healing Through Policy (HTP) is a collaboration between NCHE, American Public Health Association (APHA), and the de Beaumont Foundation. The partners scanned the literature and reached out to the field to curate a set of policy briefs that describe policies and practices which align with the TRHT framework and can help jurisdictions implement strategies to address racism as a public health crisis. NCHE will help jurisdictions utilize this information.

National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems (TPHD), funded by RWJF and led by NCHE, is charged with reimagining how data is collected, shared, and used, and identifying which public- and private-sector investments are needed with the express purpose of modernizing our public health data infrastructure to improve health equity. The commission will explore challenges and opportunities such as new data sources and measures that show promise for future public health surveillance; data disaggregation to better identify risk and outcomes by race, gender, and ethnicity; data collection on vulnerable populations, such as the incarcerated; use of data in communication with the public; building data capacity in poorer resourced communities; community involvement in shaping data systems; and data interoperability.

For more information on NCHE’s programs:


Partnership Building, Fund Development & External Representation
The Deputy Director will play a critical role in cultivating relationships with new and existing partners across the field to develop shared resources, partnerships, and opportunities for collaboration. S/he/they will develop relationships with new and emerging funders and identify new opportunities for funding partnerships to advance NCHE’s work. As NCHE continues to grow, the Deputy Director will also represent NCHE externally in field-facing environments, with media, and national and local policymakers.

Organizational Management & Team Culture
A key member of the NCHE leadership team, the Deputy Director will support the growth and development of a diverse and passionate team who represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE through their work. S/he/they will manage overall workflow and deliverables across NCHE’s team to ensure successful project execution and quality work products. The Deputy Director will also support the continued development of principles, practices, and policies that reflect racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics.

Organizational Management & Team Culture
A key member of the NCHE leadership team, the Deputy Director will support the growth and development of a diverse and passionate team who represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE through their work. S/he/they will manage overall workflow and deliverables across NCHE’s team to ensure successful project execution and quality work products. The Deputy Director will also support the continued development of principles, practices, and policies that reflect racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics.


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Strategic Leadership and Core Knowledge

Relationship Stewardship and Cultivation

Team Management

Education and Experience


The compensation range for the Deputy Director role is $140,000-160,000. NCHE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes fully paid health, vision, dental, insurance; group life insurance; short- and long-term disability; and a 401k match.

The NCHE office is based in Washington, D.C., and NCHE staff all currently work from their home offices during the Covid-19 pandemic. Once there is a safe return to the office, staff will be expected to participate in person for key meetings and events. There will be remote consideration for this role.


More information about NCHE may be found at: This search is being led by Linh Nguyen, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

NCHE is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.