Patricia N. Mathews
President & CEO
Patricia N. Mathews is the first President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, a private foundation created in 2005 whose mission is to improve the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia, with particular emphasis on the health of the uninsured. In addition to grant-making, Ms. Mathews’ role at the Foundation includes developing coalitions and collaboratives. She has been instrumental in creating and supporting the Northern Virginia Health Services Coalition, the first multi-jurisdictional coalition of primary care safety net providers in Northern Virginia. She has also been a guiding force behind the creation of the Northern Virginia Oral Health Safety Net Coalition.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Mathews served for more than seven years as Executive Director, Community Relations at Kaiser Permanente—Mid-Atlantic States, where she managed more than $12 million annually in charitable assets and oversaw programs that provided charitable health care to more than 5,000 uninsured adults and children. While at Kaiser Permanente, she also helped to develop a strategic framework for addressing the issues of healthy eating/active living in the region.
During her career, Ms. Mathews has held a variety of senior-level positions, including Vice President for Programs, National AIDS Fund; President, National Bank of Washington Foundation; and Editorial Writer, The Washington Post.
Active in the community for many years, Ms. Mathews currently serves as Chair of the Board Directors of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, where she is also a member of the Health Working Group. She is also a member of the Fairfax County Community Transformation Leadership Team, and a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington.
Ms. Mathews received a B.A. from George Washington University and completed two years of the Master’s Program in Urban Planning at Howard University. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Patricia A.E. Rodgers
Tricia Rodgers has worked in philanthropy in Northern Virginia for the past 18 years. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, she was the Executive Director of the Arlington Community Foundation. She also served in senior staff positions at the United Way of the National Capital Area. Ms. Rodgers worked in the federal government in several capacities – as the Director of VISTA, overseeing the activities of more than 3,000 volunteers assigned to nonprofit organizations nationwide; on the senior staff of the Interagency Council on the Homeless, where she helped produce the first federal report on homelessness; and as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education.
Her healthcare background includes work as a hospital social worker, as a member of a multidisciplinary research team studying chronic illness at a local medical school, and as a board member of two health-related nonprofit organizations. She currently co-chairs Alexandria’s anti-obesity efforts, is a member of the Assets Committee of the Arlington Partnership for Children Youth and Families, serves on the board of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, and is a member of the Alexandria-Arlington Extension Leadership Council.
She holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Adult Education.
Kathy Prunty is the Administrative Assistant at the Northern Virginia Health Foundation. She provides administrative support for the grant-making process and other program related activities, and she assists in managing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for two years at the Northern Virginia Community College, first as Office Manager for the Vice President of Finance and Administration and then as the Coordinator for the Alexandria campus Center for Academic Excellence (ACE). While at ACE, she increased tutoring services, from 685 hours in the fall semester to over 2,000 hours the following spring.
She has over 10 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations where she has executed numerous directives and plans, headed up pilot programs, and served as board and committee liaison. Ms. Prunty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from George Mason University.