Patricia N. Mathews

President & CEO

Pat Mathews

Patricia N. Mathews is the first President & CEO of 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 grantmaking, 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 annually 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, and 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 on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Health. She also is the Immediate Past Chair of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and served on that board of directors for more than six year. She is also a member of that group’s Healthy Communities Working Group. Ms. Mathews is a member of the Women’s Advisory Group of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Virginia Public Health Association and of theatreWashington. She is also a member of the Virginia Consortium of Health Philanthropy and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington.

Ms. Mathews received a B.A. from George Washington University, and completed two years of the Masters 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

Program Officer

Tricia Rodgers has worked in philanthropy in Northern Virginia for over 20 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 non-profit 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 health care 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 non-profit organizations. She currently co-chairs Arlington’s FITArlington Healthy Community Action Team, 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 and Leadership Arlington. She is the immediate past chair of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network.

She holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Adult Education. In 2014, she was named an Alexandria Living Legend.


Sonia Segarra Law

Executive Administrative Assistant

Sonia Segarra LawPrior to joining the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Ms. Segarra Law served for two years as the Program Assistant for Life Support Programs at Inova HealthSource, where she administered employee and community classes. Ms. Segarra Law also worked at the Council on Foundations for over a decade, organizing workshops, committee meetings, conferences and special events.

Ms. Segarra Law currently serves as a Steering Committee member of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Metro DC Chapter. She is also a member of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, a volunteer collective of individuals committed to creating positive social change in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.

Ms. Segarra Law holds a Masters Degree from George Mason University and a B.A. from Carleton College.