Ben L. Bynum, MD
Prior to joining the Foundation in April 2017, Dr. Bynum helped launch a $100 million nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) to help support health care services and good jobs in communities in need. In his role today, he develops the Foundation’s impact investing strategy and manages a $60 million impact investment portfolio, which includes both nonprofit and for-profit program-related investments.
As a trained physician and an experienced social impact investor, Dr. Bynum sees program-related investments (PRI) in the health care space as the perfect way to bring health care services and sustainable business models together to advance positive change. He is fueled by connection and impact, and relishes the opportunity to support Colorado communities through innovative investments that bring the Foundation’s mission to life. Dr. Bynum connects to this work 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 growing up in Monroe, Louisiana.
Dr. Bynum is a former member of the national School-Based Health Alliance’s board of directors and now serves on the boards of Colorado Access, a nonprofit health plan serving roughly one million Coloradans and Grounded Solutions Network, a national nonprofit that builds strong communities by promoting housing solutions that will stay affordable for generations. He is a published author in the Journal of Health Care Finance, where he contributed an article analyzing the intersection of school-based health centers and Medicaid alternative payment models. Dr. Bynum lectures as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Public Health in the Health Systems, Management and Policy department. He created and co-teaches a core course entitled, “Health Equity in Colorado’s Safety Net,” focused on innovation, affordable housing, economic security and health services.
Before his medical school training, Dr. Bynum took a two-year break to teach sixth-grade science at his old middle school, where he also coached football. His high school has honored the former all-state athlete and scholar as an inductee into the Class of 2018 Wossman High School Hall of Fame. For this former Scholastic All-America defensive back at Tuskegee University, his passion for football runs deep and in the fall, you’ll find him playing (and, he notes, winning!) fantasy football versus his old college football teammates.
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