The BUILD Health Challenge is guided by many different stakeholders, including: members of the funding collaborative, the staff, awardees, partners, and others.


Funding Collaborative

A unique coalition of national and regional organizations fund and guide The BUILD Health Challenge, including: BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of South Carolina, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, de Beaumont Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., New Jersey Health Initiatives, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

See Funding Collaborative page for more information.


Executive Director

Emily Yu, MBA

As Executive Director of The BUILD Health Challenge, Emily is helping to change the future of health in America and leading the charge to cultivate cross-sector collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. With two decades of experience in program development and social marketing strategy implementation, for both the public and private sectors, Emily brings together a unique perspective that fuels her passion for both identifying and proving sustainable models for social change.




Deputy Director

Melissa Monbouquette, MPA


Melissa serves as a key resource and support for participating BUILD communities and partners. She not only contributes to the development of BUILD’s strategy and implementation, but she also leads the program’s dynamic innovation efforts to drive sustainable improvements in community health.

Prior to this role, Melissa was a Program Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation (a co-creator and supporter of BUILD). In this capacity she served as a member of BUILD’s Executive Steering Committee and provided grant management and technical assistance to a portfolio of grants focused on cross-sector collaboration, social determinants of health, upstream approaches to health improvement, and systems change in the public health sector. She brings over a decade of non-profit strategy and execution to her work.