LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2024 — The American Heart Association, celebrating 100 years of lifesaving service, has appointed philanthropy executive Peggy Maguire as chairperson for the Western States region board. Maguire has served in numerous volunteer roles for the Association, including previously serving as the Oregon and southwest Washington Go Red for Women chairperson. She continues to champion the Association within her organization and in the community. Maguire will start her two-year term as board chairperson for the ten Western states on July 1. She will lead a group of health care, business, and community leaders in driving the Association’s mission of building longer, healthier lives and ensuring equitable health for all.

A dedicated advocate, Maguire is recognized for convening partners to address shared challenges. As president of Cambia Health Foundation, based in Portland, Ore., Peggy leads her team to purposefully invest in underserved communities to expand access to whole-person care for resilient children and families and promote healthy and connected aging.  Nationally and locally, Maguire is an avid supporter and thought leader for palliative care. She passionately connects that work to her leadership and engagement with the American Heart Association.

“I care deeply about the wellbeing of all people in our community, at all ages and stages of life,” Maguire said. “As the American Heart Association celebrates its 100th birthday and looks to the future, I believe that together, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that every person has an equal opportunity to live their healthiest life possible, now and into the next century. I am honored to take on the responsibilities of board chairperson in the Western States as we work toward a world without cardiovascular disease.”

In 1997, Maguire joined the Cambia Health Solutions, Cambia Health Foundation’s corporate arm, as an associate general counsel and has held several posts including chief of staff to the prior CEO, vice president of legal services, director of litigation & enterprise risk management, as well as leadership roles in ethics, compliance and palliative care solutions. Previously, she worked as an attorney at Garvey Schubert & Barer.

“Peggy is a compassionate leader and partner in our mission to ensure longer, healthier lives for everyone,” said Kathy Rogers, executive vice president of the American Heart Association’s Western region. “A champion for person-focused and sustainable healthcare, Peggy is always looking for ways to further our mission and life-saving work. She has been—and will continue to be—a relentless force for equitable health for all when it comes to furthering our mission.”

Maguire received her bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She also completed the Stanford Executive Program and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.

She will serve the Western Region alongside Board President Dr. Eldrin Lewis and Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

The American Heart Association’s Western region serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in the United States. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

To learn how you can get involved with the American Heart Association, visit heart.org/oregon or call (503) 820-5300.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 - our Centennial year - we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.    

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