Ben L. Bynum, MD
As a trained physician and an experienced impact investor, Ben sees private sector investment in the health care space as the perfect way to bring health care services and sustainable business models together to make an impact on communities in need. He connects to his work and the Foundation’s mission on a personal level as well. Every day, he is driven to improve the lives of Coloradans, including those whose life experiences parallel his own.
As the portfolio director of private sector engagement since April 2017, Ben develops the Foundation’s impact investing strategy and manages our impact investment portfolio, including our program-related investments.
Before working at the Foundation, Ben helped to plan and execute the creation of Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap), a nonprofit organization that provides flexible financing and development services to support quality health care and good health care jobs in low-income communities. He also spearheaded the work that led to the launch of the Foundation’s Strengthening Primary Care funding opportunity, which he cites as one of his high points working with the Foundation.
Ben’s commitment to education and health is long-standing. Currently he is a member of the national School-Based Health Alliance's Board of Directors. Ben is a former adjunct professor and a published author in the Journal of Health Care Finance analyzing the intersection of school-based health centers and Medicaid alternative payment models. Before he went to medical school, he took a two-year break to teach sixth-grade science at his old middle school, where he also coached football.
In fact, football runs deep for this former Scholastic All-American defensive back. In the fall, you’ll find him playing (and, he notes, winning!) Fantasy Football or out enjoying Colorado’s cooler weather while hiking around Red Rocks. Ben’s healthiest habit is yoga, which he has been practicing on and off for seven years.
Ultimately, Ben is a relationship builder at heart. He is fueled by connection and impact, and relishes the opportunity to support Colorado communities through intelligent investments that bring the Foundation’s mission to life.
BS Biology — Tuskegee University
MD — Howard University College of Medicine
MBA — Columbia Business School
Master of Public Health — Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health