Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to the Samueli Foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years, where he transformed the organization to becoming a national provider of public health services and funding, operating in 31 states with 1,600 employees and annual budget exceeding $120 Million.
During his tenure at Samueli, the Foundation has achieved many significant goals, including: redirecting the Foundation from a responsive to an initiative based grant-making model; establishing a secondary operating foundation entitled Anaheim Ducks Foundation to address community health disparity issues through the use of hockey; developed multiple funder collaborative initiatives addressing systemic safety net needs in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education within the K – 16 continuum, as well as funding collaboratives in community health broadening the focus from a bio-medical diagnostic model to one of community health, wellness and prevention.
Mr. Solomon currently serves on several Boards and Committees, including: UCLA’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; UCI’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; Health Funders Partnership of Orange County; National STEM Funders Network; and the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.
Mr. Solomon offers a diverse and extensive executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18 year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.