Marni Vliet served as the Kansas Health Foundation’s President / CEO and chief visionary from 1996–2007. Vliet led all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, from programmatic development to investment activities, including an endowment of approximately $500 million and the strategic allocation of more than $20 million in grants annually. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, Vliet guided the Foundation in tackling the fundamental, deeply rooted challenges facing the people of Kansas.
Today, Vliet is a strategic consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations and foundations across the country, serving as an advisor to CEO’s and senior staff in strategic thinking to improve and enhance their organizations. She is a frequent speaker addressing issues such as population health, health policy, substance abuse, leadership, early childhood education and philanthropy. In addition to Drug Strategies, Vliet has served on the Board of Directors for the CDC Foundation. She has served in the past as Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Grantmakers in Health and the Wichita Art Museum. Vliet was founding chair of Funders Against Substance Abuse.
Vliet earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wichita State University.