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Foundation thanks Carol Lee for years of service as CEO; begins search for new leader

September 19, 2013
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy 


After 27 years of service, Carol Lee has stepped down as CEO of the CMA Foundation to spend more time with family in Humboldt County.


In her 12 years as a lobbyist for CMA and 15 years leading the Foundation, Carol has been truly dedicated to the California Medical Association and the Foundation’s mission to further public health. Her fortitude and commitment have positioned CMA and the Foundation as industry leaders, helping to secure funding for one-of-a-kind projects across a multitude of issue areas.


Carol’s work was instrumental in addressing many crucial public health issues, including antibiotic resistance, obesity and diabetes prevention and awareness, the Tobacco Awareness Project, the establishment of the Network of Ethnic Physician Organization, creating California’s first Walk with a Doc Program, and much more. Additionally, under Carol’s direction, the CMA Foundation has been the recipient of numerous state and national accolades recognizing its public health work in California.


While the Foundation searches for a replacement, Executive Director of CMA’s Component Medical Society Services Mike Steenburgh will serve as interim President and CEO. The Foundation’s Vice President of Programs, Sandra Robinson, will assume responsibility for monitoring all Foundation grant projects, including the recent $1.5 million award from Covered California.

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