CPMC Foundation Names New Executive Director
Apr 11, 2022
Sutter Health
Allison Duignan

SAN FRANCICO – California Pacific Medical Center Foundation has named Allison Duignan as Executive Director. Duignan joins the Foundation from CCS Fundraising—a strategic fundraising firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change while embedding team members directly into those organizations.

“At Sutter’s CPMC, I am fortunate to see the many ways our community’s philanthropy helps patients of every age—and their families,” says Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of CPMC. “I’m a big believer in philanthropy’s power to spark research and innovation and expand what we can offer our patients. That’s why I’m thrilled to have an experienced hand like Allison leading our philanthropic efforts.”

As Vice President at CCS, Duignan served as strategic partner to a host of nonprofit organizations across sectors including healthcare, education and the arts. She has designed fundraising initiatives for clients with goals ranging from $5M to $300M while also developing stronger programmatic systems, engaging dynamic boards and creating more sustainable fundraising programs. She has spent the last 16 years in development positions in the U.S. and internationally, including consulting on CPMC Foundation’s “Your City, Your Hospital” campaign.

Prior to CCS, Duignan was Director of Development for America Needs You, a mentoring and career development organization for low-income, first-generation college students. She has lived abroad in Egypt while working for Ashoka Arab World, helping entrepreneurs throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Duignan is also the Founder of Hera Giving Circle, a grantmaking to grassroots organization supporting children and families in San Francisco.

“Allison was the unanimous choice on our selection committee as her commitment to CPMC as well as the city of San Francisco is evident,” adds Brad DeFoor, CPMCF Board of Trustees Chair. “This board helps to connect the incredibly talented care teams at CPMC with our broader Bay Area community seeking to support their work through philanthropy. You couldn’t ask for a better partner than Allison.”

Duignan received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from New York University and a Master of Public Administration in International Management from Middlebury College in Vermont. The recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace from the Middlebury Arabic Language school, she believes in the power of mission-driven organizations like CPMC Foundation and has spent her career helping to make the world a healthier, cleaner, safer and more just place for us all.

About CPMC 

California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), part of the Sutter Health Network, is one of the largest not-for-profit medical centers in California. CPMC’s roots in San Francisco stretch back 150 years and it provides the expert level of care typically found at an academic medical center, but delivered with the compassion and convenience of a local community hospital. Patients can access services at a variety of locations in the city, including at its four main campuses: the Van Ness Campus, Mission Bernal Campus, Davies Campus and Pacific Heights Outpatient Campus. CPMC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of CPMC. It works with the medical center and donors from throughout the community to improve care, create vital new programs, fund innovative research and empower CPMC physicians and their teams to accomplish extraordinary things they would otherwise not be able to do.

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