David Mafe is the chief diversity officer for UCHealth and the vice president of human resources for the system’s metro Denver region. UCHealth is a nationally recognized, nonprofit health care system with operating revenue of $6 billion and a workforce of more than 28,000 people.
As the chief diversity officer, Mr. Mafe works closely with leaders at UCHealth and in the community to shape the organization’s culture to be one that values diversity and inclusion, and lives out its values in the delivery of care. In his role as vice president, he provides strategic HR advice to the executive team and oversees all HR operations in the metro Denver region, which includes University of Colorado Hospital, Highlands Ranch Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and clinic locations.
Prior to joining UCHealth in 2021, Mr. Mafe worked at Emory Healthcare (EHC), the most comprehensive health system in Georgia. He served as vice president for Human Resources at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) in Atlanta and was responsible for employee engagement and relations, patient experience, leader development, performance management, succession planning, compensation, talent acquisition, diversity, equity & inclusion, guest services, safety/emergency preparedness, immigration, and employee & patient parking.
Mr. Mafe is committed to diminishing inequities for patients, employees and providers. At EHC, he worked with his team to advance diversity, equity and inclusion while driving a cultural transformation. David was responsible for EHC’s first financial wellness program designed to diminish inequities in financial literacy and 403B usage by minority and female employees. The program provided a 3% increase in 403B participation and match utilization within the first full year.
Mr. Mafe received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts at Hawaii Loa College, and his master’s degree in HR Management from Hawaii Pacific University. He completed the Senior Professional Human Resource Certification (SPHR) and is a certified Just Culture Champion.
When not working, Mr. Mafe delights in spending time with his wife, Cari, and their 5 children. He is also committed to his community and works to inspire youth through his role as a volunteer basketball coach. As a coach and mentor, he teaches his young players about respect, teamwork and the value of winning and losing well.