Moving women's health forward with experience, leadership and continuity.

Moving women's health forward with experience, leadership and continuity.

The Howell Foundation’s guiding principle is to work with volunteers and professionals who, in addition to exceptional qualifications, have that passion to advocate for women’s health to move organizations forward with experience, leadership and continuity.

Carol Tuggey, Howell Foundation Board Chair introduced Marla Black its new Executive Director last month: “Marla has been active with Howell for many years as a donor, and also as a supporter of our educational luncheons and events.  In 2018, she joined our Board of Directors and has now become our Executive Director. She is a woman of many talents and a positive leader!”  In our path to growth, we are faced with a different alternative to our approach. For us, Marla not only brings an exceptional set of skills in the non-profit sector, but continuity to an organization dear and near to her heart.

I have been a donor, supporter and board member of the Howell Foundation and believe in the mission of keeping the women we love healthy.  As Dr. Howell was fond of saying, “we all have women in our lives.”  The Howell Foundation funds scholarships that support women’s health research right here in San Diego. I am dedicated to keeping the mission and vision of Dr. Howell alive.

Marla Black is an accomplished Senior Executive, Consultant, Thought Leader, and Non-Profit Board Member with more than 40 years of success across the banking and non-profit management industries. Leveraging extensive experience with strategic planning, change management, business development, go-to-market strategy, fundraising, training and coaching, and media relations, she is a valuable advisor for an organization needing to integrate company culture when going through an M&A or growing and scaling. Her broad areas of expertise include organizational leadership, performance management, global operations, executive coaching, corporate governance, and P&L.

I am excited about the opportunity of moving the Foundation forward starting with the organization’s 25th anniversary.  To celebrate 25 years of dedication to women’s health, I will be working to build a Women’s Health Research Scholarship Fund that supports a minimum of 25 research scholarships of $5,000 each.  Additionally, I want to keep up the good work that the Howell Foundation is known for by recognizing our scholars.  They are dedicated to closing the gaps in women’s health research to improve women’s health long term for the sake of the individual, her family and the greater community.

Black graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in telecommunications in 1978 and Pacific Coast Banking School in 1999. Black recently completed the Executive Leadership and Corporate Governance certificate program at the University of California, Los Angeles John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. She resides in Poway California with her husband Larry. They have three adult children.

We look forward to reaching new heights in women’s health research with your leadership. Welcome on Board Marla (pun intended!)


About the Howell Foundation:

The Howell Foundation advances women’s health by funding undergraduate and graduate research scholarships, awarding grants to scientists who conduct research benefiting under represented women in the community, and supporting outreach efforts and events that promote health education and self-advocacy for the long-term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.

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