Eden Health District Selects Mark Friedman As New Chief Executive Officer

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By Barbara Adranly

The Eden Health District announced today that it has appointed Mark Friedman as its Chief Executive Officer. The former CEO of the Thomas J. Long Foundation and First 5 Alameda County as well as a three time Mayor of the City of El Cerrito, Friedman commenced his service as the District CEO on March 18, 2020.

“We are excited to have Mark as the District’s new CEO. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of public health, government and community service, and philanthropic giving combined with a deep commitment to improving access to healthcare. The Board will work closely with Mark to leverage its resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Gordon Galvan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Eden Health District.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as the new CEO of the Eden Health District during this unprecedented time,” commented Mark Friedman. “I look forward to working under the direction of the Board of Directors to partner with county and city agencies, healthcare providers and non-profit organizations to rise to the challenge COVID-19 poses to the health and welfare of the residents of the Eden Area.”

An initiative already started by the District has been the launch of a free COVID-19 Bulletin that synthesizes the near overwhelming news on the pandemic. With an emphasis on the East Bay, the bulletin also condenses the latest state, national and international news into manageable summaries.  The Bulletin is a joint project with the East Bay Community Foundation.

“The COVID-19 Bulletin provides local policy makers and community members accurate and timely information to help them make the best policy and personal choices in response to the pandemic,” stated Friedman.

The bulletin is posted online at https://ethd.org/daily-bulletin-update. Persons who wish to receive the bulletin directly by email should contact District Clerk Barbara Adranly at badranly@ethd.org to request to be added to the District’s bulletin distribution list.  Announcements regarding community services and the response to the pandemic can be sent to the same address for inclusion in future bulletins.

About Mark Friedman

Friedman serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Foundation, and served as its Board Chair from 2017 to 2019.  Friedman served as the Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Alameda County for 15 years and was the CEO of the Thomas J. Long Foundation for 4.5 years serving as one of the largest philanthropic givers in the East Bay, concentrating on grants to community organizations improving education, services to seniors, services for people with disabilities, and providing critical safety net services.

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