Ije Nwosu

Ije Nwosu
Executive Director Impact Spending
Kaiser Permanente

UK Born. California Raised. Daughter of Nigeria. As a global child, Ije knows representation matters and so does connection. Whether it’s connecting people to people, purpose or causes, she is living her best life when she is working with others to unleash their superpower, see their reflection and unapologetically live life to the fullest.

Currently, Ije serves as the Head of Impact Spending at Kaiser Permanente. In her role, she leads the national Total Health Spend Optimization portfolio- ensuring Kaiser Permanente’s spending decisions are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially equitable. With a focus on bolstering local and national spend in Kaiser Permanente communities with the highest needs, Ije has oversight of sustainability, national supplier diversity, and economic & community impact.  She also leads KP POWER, the initiative she spearheaded to amplify gender-focused activities that attract, retain and equitably advance women at Kaiser Permanente. Ije was formerly the Chief of Staff to the chairman and CEO and has held several leadership roles within Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she was with the University of California system in the Office of Transportation and Emergency Preparedness.

A committed community leader, Ije serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, MAKERS@, and the Center for Environmental Heath. In 2019, she was appointed to the Linkage – Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) Client Advisory Board. Ije was named a “Top 40 under 40” executive by the San Francisco Business Times and was recognized by Modern Healthcare with both the “Up and Comer” award and as one of the “Top 10 Minority Executives in Healthcare to Watch”. She co-founded both: Utuh USA, Inc.- an educational and humanitarian organization promoting economic revitalization in Eastern Nigeria; and The Pink Couch, a movement focused on changing the world one uncomfortable conversation at a time.

A keen lifelong learner, Ije earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and completed an Executive Leadership Residency at Harvard Business School. She is also a Carol Emmott Fellow.

Ije believes if no one is asking you to dance, then throw your own party! Don’t wait for permission or an invitation. Once you decide it is worth it, anything is within your reach.