Ije-Enu Udeze Nwosu
UK Born. California Raised. Daughter of Nigeria. As a global child, Ije is a natural connector. Whether it is connecting people, causes or resources, she is unapologetic in ensuring every person hears their own voice, sees their own reflection and unleashes their unique superpower along their life journey.
Currently, Ije serves as the Executive Director of Impact Spending at Kaiser Permanente. In her role, she leads the Total Health Spend Optimization portfolio of the Buy to Pay Shared Service- 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 Utuh USA (an organization supporting education and economic revitalization in Eastern Nigeria). 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”.
A keen lifelong learner, she earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also completed an Executive Leadership Residency at Harvard Business School and is a Carol Emmott Fellow.
Ije believes that anything is within your reach once you decide it is worth it.