by Jasmine Batchelor
April 10, 2019
Cambia Health Foundation
As president of Cambia Health Foundation, Peggy works with a wide range of stakeholders to drive health care transformation that results in better experiences for people and families. Sojourns®, the Foundation’s signature program, promotes palliative care to help people with serious illness and their caregivers live well. Through Healthy People, Healthy Communities, the Foundation addresses social determinants of health, improves health equity, and empowers consumers to take charge of their health and wellbeing.
Under Peggy’s leadership, the Foundation has evolved from a regional grant-making organization to a purposeful investor in person-centered, economically sustainable solutions. In 2016, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine recognized the Cambia Health Foundation with its highest honor, a Presidential Citation.
Peggy also oversees Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, Compliance and Palliative Care Solutions for Cambia Health Solutions, the Foundation’s parent company. Peggy provides leadership and strategic direction over Cambia’s “Personalized Care Support” program, which includes regional health insurance benefits for palliative care services, as well as specialized case management and resources for family caregivers. Peggy also advises the company on strategic investments that address aging, caregiving and coordination of care.
Peggy joined the company in 1997 as an associate general counsel and has held several posts, including chief of staff to the CEO, vice president of Legal Services, and director of Litigation & Risk Management. Previously, Peggy worked as an attorney at Garvey Schubert & Barer.
Peggy is very active in the philanthropic community. She chairs the board of directors of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. She also serves as a member of the leadership advisory bodies for All Hands Raised, Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity. Peggy is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. In 2017, Peggy chaired the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Oregon and used that platform to promote health equity and palliative care awareness for people living with heart disease. She is the immediate past chair of the national board of Friends of the Children and the Oregon-based Start Making a Reader Today (SMART).
Peggy was recognized by Portland Monthly magazine as an Extraordinary Board Member in 2017 for her service to the community and leadership of the Cambia Health Foundation. She was honored by Dress for Success Oregon with its Athena Award in 2016, by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington as a Woman of Distinction in 2015, and by the Portland Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in 2014.
She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and anthropology from Lawrence University and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She has also completed the Stanford Executive Program and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.