The Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment Welcomes Laura Flores Cantrell, J.D. as Inaugural Executive Director!
The Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) is excited to welcome Laura Flores Cantrell, J.D. as its inaugural Executive Director! Laura will officially join the Andy Hill CARE staff as Executive Director in April. She will be an incredible asset to the work, and will help lead the Board and community partners through the next phase in strategic development, resulting in breakthrough investments for cancer research in Washington State.
Laura currently serves as Health Equity Lead Strategist for the Arcora Foundation (the Foundation of Delta Dental of Washington), which she joined in 2014. She previously served as Director of Policy with the Latino Center for Health Research, Policy, and Practice at the University of Washington. Laura served as Executive Director of Latino Community Fund of Washington, a statewide philanthropic organization, supporting Latino-serving nonprofit agencies through policy analysis, training, and grantmaking. Over the last 20 years, her professional experience has focused on strategies to reduce health disparities and improve access to care for communities of color, youth in foster care, homeless, and other underserved populations. As Deputy Director at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, a regional association of safety net clinics, she worked with migrant and community health centers in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska.
An attorney by training, she was in-house Assistant General Counsel for a privately held company prior to entering the nonprofit sector. She currently serves on the national board of directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a legal civil rights organization that ensures equitable access to education, employment, and voting. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree.
Laura will be employed by Empire Health Foundation (EHF), the organization serving as Program Administrator for the Andy Hill CARE Fund.