David Fukuzawa

HEFN Position: 
Steering Committee Member

David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization. He directs the Foundation’s Health program area, which seeks to improve the health of vulnerable populations through addressing social and physical environments in which they live and through supporting a community-centered, equity focused, multi-sector health system.

Prior to coming to Kresge, David served over 9 years as a Program Officer at The Skillman Foundation, a private foundation in the Metropolitan Detroit area, whose focus is on children, youth and families. There he had a primary focus on child and adolescent health.

David has spent the last 34 years in the Detroit area, where he came originally to do community organizing and youth work in the inner city. Since then, he has also done work in human and civil rights and public policy advocacy. He was the founding director of the Asian American Center for Justice, and served as the Human Needs Director at New Detroit, Inc., the nation’s first urban coalition, where, among other things, he fashioned New Detroit’s position against the state budget cuts in welfare in the early 90’s and helped craft its policy on health care reform.

My Grantmaking Focus Is On: 

Health equity and population health—improving health of vulnerable populations by addressing the social/environmental conditions of their communities.

What Drew Me Into HEFN Leadership: 

It’s an opportunity not only to help build the field, but to increase awareness of environmental health across multiple philanthropic sectors.

I See the HEFN Community Making a Difference: 

The HEFN community is small, but has been able to wield greater influence due to good leadership and great staffing.

When I'm Not at Work You Might Find Me: 

In the garden, taking a walk or hike, cooking or playing golf (not nearly enough).

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