Oct. 14, 2015
The Seattle Indian Health Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Esther Lucero (Navajo/Latina) as its new CEO, ushering in a new era for the organization following the retirement of its longtime Executive Director, Ralph Forquera. Ms. Lucero comes to SIHB from the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health in San Francisco, CA where she was the Director of Programs and Strategic Development. Soon to receive her MA in Public Policy from Mills College, she brings to the SIHB her training and experience in public policy coupled with her robust experience in state and national level health policy work, including extensive knowledge of federally qualified health centers and urban Indian health issues.
“My first experience with SIHB came through my participation with the Summer Medical Education Program and through shadowing Dr. Terry Maresca. I met Ralph Forquera on that day. He shook hand and said, ‘When you are finished with school, come work for us!’ Ten years later I am blessed to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy built by the dynamic team at SIHB. I am committed to joining this team with humility, confidence and innovation to ensure urban Indian health is strengthened for generations to come.” (Esther Lucero on her appointment as CEO of SIHB.)
Ms. Lucero’s appointment came after an extensive search by the SIHB’s Board of Directors:
“The Board was extremely impressed by Esther’s experience, leadership and vision. We look forward to welcoming her to the Seattle Indian Health Board family and our community. We have no doubt that Esther is going to build on the solid foundation laid by Ralph Forquera and that she is going to lead the SIHB into a bright and promising future.” (SIHB Board Chair, Chris Stearns - Navajo.)
Ms. Lucero joins the SIHB team on November 9, 2015.