CBCF Mourns the Loss of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson

Tyson was Kaiser Permanente’s First African American CEO

November 13, 2019                                                                                          

Dr. Erica Southerland

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) issued the following statement on the passing of Bernard James Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente:

The CBCF mourns the loss of health care visionary, business leader and community advocate, Bernard Tyson. He passed away on November 10 at age 60.

Tyson was one of the highest ranking African Americans in Corporate America. For more than three decades, he dedicated his career to Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health care company that serves more than 12 million people. In 2013, he became Kaiser’s CEO. In the following year, he began his service as the company’s chairman. TIME listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2017, and in 2018, he was recognized as the second most influential person in health care — second only to the President of the United States.

“We have lost another intellectual giant who was committed to the success of our community,” said David A. Hinson, CBCF president and CEO. “Bernard cared deeply about the health care challenges of all Americans, particularly those in the African American community in which he was an integral part. He was someone who many African Americans aspired to emulate.

“Bernard was a global business leader who achieved unparalleled success, but he was also kind, civil and extremely supportive of those who strived to make the world better.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Denise Bradley Tyson and three sons, and to the San Francisco Bay Area community. May he rest in power.”

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit

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