Cao Yu Hanh

Hanh Cao Yu

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Dr. Hanh Cao Yu is the new Editor-in-Chief of The Foundation Review for 2023-2024 and the former Chief Learning Officer at the California Endowment (TCE) where she oversaw learning, strategic development, evaluation, and impact activities, and ensures that local and state grantees, board and staff understand the results and lessons of the Foundation’s investments in its 10-year Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative.  BHC focused on social determinants of health, policy systems change through a community-driven, power building approach.

Dr. Yu’s career spans the research, evaluation, and philanthropic sectors.

Prior to joining TCE, served as Vice President at Social Policy Research Associates. Dr. Yu has more than 25 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of health and racial equity social change philanthropy, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, policy advocacy evaluation, community organizing, and vulnerable populations.  As a researcher at Stanford University, Dr. Yu is the author of numerous publications, including Adolescent World:  Navigating the Multiple Worlds of Family, Peers, and School  (Teachers’ College Press, 1998),  The Handbook on Leadership Development Evaluation  (Jossey-Bass, 2006).  Dr. Yu serves on the Board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and was a member of the National Academy of Science on Population Health Improvement.

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