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President and CEO
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Peter Long, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He leads the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. In 2013 alone, the Foundation provided $34 million to 326 organizations across California, making it one of the state’s largest grant making institutions.
Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Long served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. He has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national and global levels, and has written numerous papers on the topic.
He also served as the director of development and programs for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, before assuming his position there as executive director. Previously, in Cape Town, South Africa, Long was a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network during the country’s transition to democracy.
Outside of his role as CEO, he is actively involved in multiple healthcare and professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and the Governance Board at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He was one of the lead organizers of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, which raised more than $170 million for veterans and military families, the co-chair of the National Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Caring for Military Families initiative, and is an advisor to The Aspen Institute’s Veterans Initiative.
In addition, Long is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care as well as the Too Small to Fail Leadership Council, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Clinton Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.
Long received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University; a master’s in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.