The Rippel Foundation Welcomes Michael Harris to its Board of Trustees

In April 2017, The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation welcomed Michael Harris to its board of trustees. Mr. Harris is the Managing Director of PFM Asset Management, a financial services firm founded exclusively for the benefit of governments and charitable institutions, where he oversees the firm’s strategic market development efforts. He is a nationally recognized expert in the structuring and procurement of financial products and brings expertise in developing investment management strategies that will benefit the foundation in numerous ways. In addition, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Health Center—a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving Central Pennsylvania—Mr. Harris is deeply familiar with the challenges facing our nation’s health system.

“Michael’s experience will be an enormous asset to the Foundation,” said Laura K. Landy, President & CEO of The Rippel Foundation. “His deep understanding of government and organizational financing and investments will inform our strategy around sustainable financing, one of the key barriers to system change we are seeking to address. His insights into the operation of a FQHC and the complexities of the system that supports health will also help us as we design and test new approaches for the future in strategy, stewardship, financing, and beyond. More broadly, Michael is a critical thinker who will challenge and support our team in making our work ever stronger. The timing could not be better as we pursue new and ambitious efforts to disrupt the status quo and prevailing market structures.”

Mr. Harris joins a deep bench of talent on The Rippel Foundation Board, which is comprised of experts in health as well as those with legal, financial, philanthropic, and organizational change backgrounds. With responsibilities that go beyond that of most foundation boards, Rippel trustees guide the efforts of the foundation, including ReThink Health and Foresight: Designing the Future for Health, the foundation’s two primary initiatives.