Health data startup Truveta hires Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres as president

Tony Mestres will leave the Seattle Foundation in May to join Truveta.

Tony Mestres, a former Microsoft vice president who has been president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation for seven years, will leave the position in May to become president of Truveta, the health data startup led by former Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson as CEO.

David Bley, a Seattle Foundation board member who was previously Pacific Northwest director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will become interim CEO of the nonprofit community foundation while it searches for a permanent replacement.

Truveta was established by 14 U.S. health systems, which plan to pool data and use artificial intelligence to search for medical breakthroughs and patterns of inequity in healthcare.

The Seattle Foundation, which had $1.14 billion in assets as of the end of 2019, focused its grants and policy initiatives on racial equity and economic opportunity during Mestres’ tenure, weathered a and played a key role in the philanthropic response to COVID-19, including the All In Washington campaign.

Mestres and Myerson worked closely together during their time at Microsoft. Mestres led partner and channel marketing for Windows Phone before leaving the company in 2014 and taking the Seattle Foundation role.

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