Dr. Bray is the Founder and President of Westlake Health Consulting, LLC, and the founding Director of the BridgeUp Center at the Menninger Clinic, with the mission to improve the mental health and well-being of vulnerable adolescents. She is a passionate leader with extensive public health and philanthropy experience, motivated by commitment to social change and equity and justice for disadvantaged communities.
She works intentionally and strategically with communities to design, fund and implement systemic interventions that create measurable impacts. Her professional experience includes working with three philanthropic startup organizations and programs focused on improving health and the social determinants of health, giving approximately $100 million to underserved populations. Her grantmaking approach involves evidence-based and research-informed action with an emphasis on collaboration and participatory community input for which she has receive many honors and awards.
Additionally, she has served on founding boards for nonprofit startups including Ignite Healthcare Network, a nonprofit interested in engaging dynamic, executive women to build relationships, generate innovative ideas and solutions to impact the future of healthcare. She is also a trained mediator and negotiator, lay chaplain, writer, cellist and award-winning photographer.
She received her PhD in Management and Policy Sciences from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, School of Public Health. Her minor fields include Ethics, Biostatistics and Health Economics. She currently holds an adjunct appointment at the UT School of Public Health and is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum. Additionally, she has certificates from the University of Texas School of Law in Mediation and Negotiation and Conflict Management; The University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business in Negotiations and Influence, among others.
Dr. Bray lives in Houston with her husband, Dr. Stephen Linder, and has three children and three dogs.