David Abelman Promoted to President of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced that David Abelman has been promoted to president by the Foundation’s board of directors. Previously, Mr. Abelman served as executive director of the Foundation. In addition, he is vice president and deputy general counsel of Tufts Health Plan.

“David’s appointment reflects his strong credibility and significant contributions to growing the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Under his leadership the lives of many seniors have improved due to the foundation’s Healthy Aging programs and grants,” said James Roosevelt Jr., president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan and board member of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Mr. Abelman has led the Tufts Health Plan Foundation since its creation, when it had an endowment of $38 million and one staff person. The endowment has grown to $75 million and the foundation now has a staff of four. In 2011, the foundation continued its strategic focus to improve the lives of seniors and it provided grants to 76 organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In addition to grant making, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in 2011 continued its promotion of a collaborative statewide coalition of thought leaders, government, the provider community and grassroots organizations, all with the goal of making Massachusetts a model for healthy aging. Additionally, the Foundation has received two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants for building nursing education capacity.

Mr. Abelman joined Tufts Health Plan in 1999. As executive director, Mr. Abelman held senior responsibility for the operations and strategic activities of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. He continues to oversee the staff and activities, including investments, grant making and administrative functions. Mr. Abelman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.

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