Lisa Edwards named superintendent of Verdant Health Commission

By Jennifer Piplic | Verdant Health Press Release

The Board of Commissioners of the Verdant Health Commission has appointed Lisa Edwards, EdD, to serve as the Verdant superintendent effective immediately.

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Lisa Edwards, Superintendent of Verdant Health Commission

Edwards’ extensive experience in nonprofit management, higher education, and healthcare have prepared her well, said Board of Commissioners Chair Bob Knowles.

“Lisa brings a wide range of experiences and skills to Verdant that will help us grow and improve our impact on the community’s health,” Knowles said. “On behalf of the board, we are excited for her to get started.”

Edwards was most recently the Executive Director of the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. She has also been the CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance, a regional community development organization based in the Midwest, Global Solutions Officer at Invista Performance Solutions, and Dean of Enterprise and Economic Development at Tacoma Community College. 

“I am excited about the work of the Verdant Health Commission to improve the health and well-being of our community,” Edwards said. “I have dedicated my career to serving others through education and advocacy and look forward to advancing this vital work. I am honored to support the commissioners, work with dedicated team members and strengthen our collaborations with partner organizations.” 

Edwards’ appointment as superintendent includes leading Verdant and Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County, which provides oversight of the hospital district’s 30-year lease agreement with Swedish Health Services to manage its community hospital, Swedish Edmonds.

The Verdant Health Commission is the program of the public hospital district, and in 2019 it invested nearly $7 million in health and well-being programs serving the residents of its communities, which includes Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, and portions of Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County.

About the Verdant Health Commission:

The Verdant Health Commission funds a wide range of programs that empower people in South Snohomish County to make healthy decisions and get the care they need to stay well. For nearly half a century, we served the health needs of our community by managing the local community hospital. We are now focused on investing in innovative programs that will make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of South Snohomish County residents, with free or low-cost education and prevention classes.

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