Pittsburg, CA – September 3, 2019 – The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) for the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (the “LMCHD”) today announced the appointment of Lamar A. Thorpe as Executive Director. The appointment became effective at the Board’s August 12, 2020 meeting. The significant change in leadership reflects the District’s focus on reigniting a culture of collaboration, operational effectiveness, public accountability and transparency.
“Mr. Thorpe has been a dedicated and effective leader as demonstrated by this work on the Antioch City Council and previous experience in executive management in both the higher education and nonprofit sectors,” said Board President Dr. J. Vern Cromartie. “He has developed and sustained strong relationships with local leaders from grass-roots organizers to elected officials and built a reputation of transparency and accountability. Mr. Thorpe’s appointment will allow LMCHD the opportunity to strengthen and expand its community outreach efforts and direct services programs. We are excited to have him,” Dr. Cromartie continued.
Lamar Thorpe comes to the LMCHD after serving at First 5 Contra Costa as Communications Manager. As a member of the management team, Thorpe was a key team player in helping secure more than $1.1 million from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation. The funding launched an initiative to increase school readiness among East Contra Costa County children by prioritizing early literacy and childhood development in the Pittsburg/Bay Point area. Prior to First 5, Thorpe served as Vice President of Development and Communications for the Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL). While at GSUL, Thorpe oversaw the agencies public health programs including the Black Child Legacy Campaign in Oak Park. The campaign was focused on reducing the disproportionate number of Black child deaths in Sacramento County by targeting specific health disparities: perinatal conditions, infant sleep, child abuse and neglect, and third-party homicides.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my service to East Contra Costa County residents as an elected official, assisting quality individuals seek elected office and now as executive director of an agency that keeps its finger on the pulse of the community’s health,” said Thorpe.
Thorpe is a proud United States Navy veteran and a graduate of The George Washington University in Lamar served for a total of eight years and earned several medals, including the Global Ware on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his service following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
LMCHD represents over 100,000 residents from Bay Point and Pittsburg as well as portions of Antioch, Clayton, Concord, and unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County. LMCHD is governed by a
five-member board of trustees from the local community. Since the year 2000, LMCHD has invested millions of dollars to support public health initiatives and programs administered by local charitable organizations.