Kristy Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Public Health Foundation where she is responsible for leading strategic and organizational direction, advancing partnership development, overseeing operational activities, and bringing an evidence- and impact-informed public health focus to the organization’s purpose, principles, and vision. Having started with the inception of the Foundation over 10 years ago, Kristy has used her expertise and steadfast vision to create the provincial organization that today is key to supporting and advancing the public health sector for BC through transformative fundraising, partnership development, advocacy, and leadership. Kristy has also worked in different academic roles as well as in global health, spending time in Zambia and Kenya working on various community-based initiatives. Kristy has extensive board experience, having served other community non-profits for over two decades. Kristy has a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology, and an Associate’s degree in Creative Writing.
Kristy believes that the way to transform the health of our communities and society is to focus on public health activities that advance population health outcomes, taking a holistic approach that encompasses health promotion strategies and principles to advocate for human rights, social justice, and health equity. Understanding the lack of investment in, and awareness of, public health, Kristy saw an incredible opportunity with a unique, burgeoning charity that would be able to take a leadership role in creating change in the health landscape of BC. Having been involved in volunteering and the non-profit sector most of her life, combining her public health expertise with philanthropy was a natural fit. This purpose has maintained her drive to grow the Foundation and transform the philanthropic and advocacy space to make room for public health.
Passionate about health promotion, prevention, health equity, and the social determinants of health, Kristy believes we need to shift our focus to upstream actions by addressing the root causes of issues and emphasizing positive and holistic well-being. As a health promotion advocate, Kristy understands that we must invest in public health to see real change, and this is a collective responsibility. One who likes to challenge the status quo, it is important to Kristy that we tackle the big public health issues and we don’t shy away from the hard work of transforming the health landscape through innovation, collaboration, leadership, investment, advocacy, truth and reconciliation, social justice, and community activities that align with her vision of what enables a truly healthy society.