September 15, 2000

The California Endowment Appoints New Program Officer for San Diego and Surrounding Counties

The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, recently appointed Jose A. Marquez, a new program officer, to work with community-based organizations in San Diego, Imperial, San Bernadino and Riverside counties to identify and address their health-related needs. His responsibilities include conducting outreach to organizations to increase their awareness of funding opportunities, review health-related grant proposals from various southern California-based community organizations, develop programs to assist underserved communities, and monitor foundation grants.

Marquez, who is based at The Endowment's San Diego office, previously served as the first executive director of the Resource Center for Nonprofit Management which services Riverside and San Bernadino counties. Prior to that, he was executive director of the San Bernadino National Forest Association, a partnership program with the U.S. Forest Service. Additionally, Marquez served as executive director of the American Heart Association serving Riverside and San Bernadino counties, and was involved in health care planning and health education programs for 11 years serving high-risk groups in the areas of tobacco education/prevention, hypertension control, AIDS education, and coordination and other health-related issues.

"I am proud and privileged to be at The Endowment," said Marquez. "I look forward to applying my expertise and knowledge of these communities to identify and address their health care needs."

Marquez is a member of the San Bernadino chapter of the Rotary Club and has received numerous awards for his professional and community activities. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he received his bachelor of science degree in social services.

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