Tracy Yellen named CEO for Paso del Norte Health Foundations

January 9, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s (PdNHF) board of directors today announced the appointment of Tracy Yellen as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and its affiliated foundations. Yellen comes to the PdNHF with extensive experience in the bi-national non-profit arena, having most recently served as the President of the Paso Del Norte Foundation.

“I am deeply heartened to have been entrusted with the task of continuing the life-changing work the Paso del Norte Health Foundation is known for doing. I look forward to working alongside the Foundation’s tremendous board, staff, volunteers and partners to serve our region,” Yellen said. Yellen replaces Myrna Deckert, who announced her retirement last year after serving the Foundation since 2007.

“I’m deeply honored to have served as the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s CEO and I look forward to seeing Tracy thrive in her new role. Tracy’s dedication to the well-being of this community has already had a tremendous impact,” Deckert said. “As the foundation’s new CEO, I am confident that the Paso del Norte Health Foundation will continue to break boundaries in the betterment of our community.” Yellen has led and grown one of El Paso’s major foundations at the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. She also was instrumental in establishing and served as founding president of the Paso del Norte Foundation, whose focus is to advance the mission of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and accept and manage gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to improve health, economic development, education and quality of life in the bi-national, tri-state region. Yellen has a proven track record of success raising money and funding programs, managing budgets, managing staff, and working with complex organizations including major U.S. foundations.

“After an extensive local and regional search, the search committee was pleased to find a large pool of qualified candidates that speaks to the level of leadership within the Paso del Norte region. In the end, the board of directors selected Tracy as the most effective match for the foundation. Tracy is someone with vast knowledge of the type of work the foundation does and we look forward in supporting her as she moves this organization forward,” said Carolyn Mora, Chair of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s board of directors.

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