In 2023, our executive search team was honored to partner with Fora Health on a nationwide search to find their new Chief Executive Officer in Portland, Oregon.
Fora Health delivers “Whole Person Care” as one of Oregon’s oldest, largest, and most respected non‑profit providers of substance use and co‑occurring mental health disorder care. Each year, Fora serves 2,000+ individuals and families, helping over 50,000 people change their relationship to alcohol and drugs in its nearly 50‑year history. Founded in 1974, Fora Health today has a $17M annual budget, 150 employees and two locations (SE Portland and Hillsboro).
Maree Wacker, outgoing CEO @ Fora Health, reflected on the search process: “Herd Freed Hartz was a vital partner for our CEO search. They delivered the perfect balance of insight, understanding of the qualities we were looking for, and persistence. They were a fast study on learning our unique industry. All of this delivered with enthusiasm and energy for the effort we had in front of us.”
“We engaged in a thorough process to determine our next CEO over several months. Devarshi stood out as an executive with the right balance of leadership skills, professional and subject matter expertise, and community commitment,” said James Polo, Fora Health Board Chair.
We look forward to the hearing about the continued life-changing, transformative work Devarshi Bajapi and the Fora Health team will achieve together!