Steve Eldred has worked in the San Diego Regional office for The California Endowment since 2001. He currently leads The Endowment’s Healthy Communities strategy for San Diego County, with a targeted focus in the City Heights neighborhood in central San Diego. This strategy is a comprehensive, 10-year commitment to support fundamental policy and systems changes at local and state-levels to build healthy communities where children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The strategic vision for healthy communities is to achieve significant improvements in issues such as childhood obesity, youth violence, and access to prevention-oriented health care through improvements in physical, social, and economic environments and through systemic integration of efforts among health, human service, education, and other systems of care that impact opportunities for health among children and their families. He previously served as Program Officer for Community Health and Elimination of Health Disparities in the San Diego/Orange County Border Region.
Eldred also serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Grantmakers, where he co-founded the Social Equity Funders and Coming Home To Stay prison reentry workgroups.
Prior to joining The Endowment, Eldred served as Health Planning and Program Specialist for the San Diego County Department of Health Service’s Office of AIDS Coordination, positions with the State of Hawaii Department of Health and the Governor’s Committee on AIDS, as the Self-Determination program director for the Quileute Indian Nation, and in non-profit organizations involved in community organizing, youth development, and specialized transit services.
Eldred holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.