Meet CPMC Foundation Executive Director, Allison Duignan
In April of 2022, Allison Duignan became CPMC Foundation executive director. She brings extensive experience consulting for philanthropic and non-profit organizations, including on our Your City, Your Hospital fundraising campaign. That familiarity helped her hit the ground running as she leads CPMC Foundation through a critical moment for healthcare and philanthropy.
What was your first experience with CPMC?
My first experience was as a patient. When I moved to San Francisco, I was pregnant with my first child and several friends encouraged me to go to CPMC. Some of them had their children there—or were born at CPMC themselves—it was clearly a place they trusted. I’m so happy I listened. I received terrific, personalized care from a compassionate team throughout my pregnancy and delivery. When I was pregnant with my second child, I came right back.
What should we look forward to from CPMC Foundation?
I’m excited that we are expanding our focus to include a number of emerging healthcare trends and opportunities. This includes research into longevity and healthy aging and exploring new technologies like leading-edge donor heart transport systems that could expand the pool of organs for transplant patients in our region.
We’ve also begun incorporating lessons of the pandemic. This includes growing the resources for behavioral healthcare at CPMC, especially for children and teens coping with the mental health fallout of COVID-19. And we are supporting health equity starting with groundbreaking pilot studies in maternal health equity to reduce disparities and improve outcomes for mothers and babies across the Sutter Health system.
I look forward to engaging our donor community with the incredible clinicians and researchers leading these projects. CPMC’s innovations are leading us into the future of healthcare!