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Chet Hewitt

Chet Hewitt is president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and its independent operating unit, the Center for Health Program Management. Since beginning his tenure in 2007, he has focused foundation investments on health disparities, health equity, and the healthy development and well-being of vulnerable youth. Before joining the foundation, he worked for five years as the director of Alameda County’s Social Services Agency. He is credited with transforming its failing child welfare system into a national model and using technology to improve the delivery of human services. Previously, he served as associate director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and established and managed its west coast regional office in San Francisco. He was named the Administrator of the Year by Black Administrators in Child Welfare and has received several national honors, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and Child Welfare Administrator of the Year, the Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award, and the Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Cooperation Award. He joined PPIC’s board of directors in 2016, having previously served on the PPIC Statewide Leadership Council. He is a frequent lecturer on philanthropy and public sector leadership, and advises localities across the nation on issues related to the transformation of public systems.