Dr. Hanh Cao Yu is the Chief Learning Officer at the California Endowment (TCE) where she oversees learning, strategic development, evaluation, and impact activities, and ensures that local and state grantees, board and staff understand the results and lessons of the Foundation’s investments in its 10-year Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. BHC focuses on social determinants of health, policy systems change through a community-driven, power building approach.
Dr. Yu 25-year career span the research, evaluation, philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining TCE, served as Vice President at Social Policy Research Associates, where she oversaw much of the research and evaluation work in education, philanthropy and adolescent development. Dr. Yu has more than 20 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of health and racial equity social change philanthropy, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, policy advocacy evaluation, community organizing, and vulnerable populations. As a researcher at Stanford University, Dr. Yu is the author of numerous publications, including Adolescent World: Navigating the Multiple Worlds of Family, Peers, and School (Teachers’ College Press, 1998), The Handbook on Leadership Development Evaluation (Jossey-Bass, 2006) and served on the RISE for Boys and Men of Color Advisory Group in 2016.