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Fenway Health Names Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Ph.D. as EVP of Racial Equity and Social Justice

Lindauer partnered with Fenway Health to build a senior team that will position the health center as a transformative leader in intersectional LGBTQIA+ care and research. As part of this team build, Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Ph.D. joins Fenway Health as EVP of Racial Equity and Social Justice.

Fenway Health has named Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Ph.D. as its first Executive Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Justice. Brimhall-Vargas, the son of a Peruvian immigrant mother and Mormon father, brings 25 years of experience in change management, organizational development, and training and programming around systemic inequities, most recently as Brandeis University’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Executive Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Justice is a new position for Fenway Health. Priorities for this leadership role include cultivating a courageous culture and capacity to overcome the disparities and inequities that exist in the services Fenway Health provides, the people it serves, and the outcomes it achieves. The Executive Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Justice will also advance Fenway Health’s investment in community-based partnerships to inform decision-making and foster full community participation to advance racial equity and social justice.

Prior to working at Brandeis, Brimhall-Vargas was Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost at Tufts University. He is a contributing editor to Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity Work in Higher Education? and has consulted as a mediator in conflict resolution for the US Institute of Peace in Medellin, Colombia; Yangon, Myanmar; and Ramallah, West Bank. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, where he worked from 1997 through 2015 in the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Brimhall-Vargas, who lives in Saugus, MA, with his husband, will begin work at Fenway Health on July 25.

“Mark has the perfect combination of professional background, knowledge, and lived experience to shape this inaugural role into a force for change at Fenway Health,” said Fenway Health CEO Ellen LaPointe. “Throughout his career, Mark has woven vision, strategy, thoughtfulness, and humility together to drive meaningful and measurable change in large, complex institutions. Mark will play a key role in helping Fenway Health navigate a transformative process that will enable us to reach and serve everyone who stands to benefit from the care, services, research, education, and advocacy we provide.”

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