The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Kimberly Baker and Dr. Earthea Nance have joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are honored to have Dr. Baker and Dr. Nance join us on the Board. Kim and Earthea are leaders in their respective fields and will bring skills crucial to fulfilling the Foundation’s mission” said Jeffrey Hershey, the Foundation’s President.
Dr. Baker is the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Engagement at UTHealth School of Public Health (UTSPH) and serves as an Assistant Professor. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual health, health disparity elimination and the impact of racism on health. She manages We Can Do More, a multi-partner, system-level intervention to increase access to contraception for women in Harris County. She is the co-founder of Full Circle Strategies Consulting Group, a firm that works with agencies across the nation to lessen the impact of racism through strategic planning, training and coaching. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hampton University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and her Doctorate of Public Health from UTHealth School of Public Health.
Dr. Nance teaches at Texas Southern University, where she is committed to finding solutions for vulnerable communities that are at disproportionate risk of hurricanes, floods, oil spills, pollution and access to water and sanitation. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Nance directed the Office of Disaster Mitigation and Planning for the City of New Orleans, managing over $60 million in recovery funds. Dr. Nance’s research has been widely published, including a recent article in the journal Nature on ensuring that flood risk research helps the most vulnerable. She earned a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California-Davis. She is a registered professional civil engineer and a certified floodplain manager, and previously taught at the University of New Orleans, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Kim and Earthea to deepen our impact across the communities we serve” said Elizabeth Love, the Foundation’s CEO. “The Foundation’s focus areas are particularly relevant today, and our Board is well-positioned to bring our resources to bear in addressing them.”