ITUP is led by a distinguished ten-member Board of Directors with combined decades of experience in business, health care and health policy, some who have been involved since the first ITUP conference along with recently added board members. ITUP board members bring their collective expertise and support to ensuring fulfillment of the ITUP mission, vision and values.
|Richard Chambers, Board Chair
Former Health Plan and Federal Government Executive
Richard Chambers has worked for more than 45 years on improving access to quality health care for low-income families, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. He spent 28 years at the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, holding a variety of senior positions in policy and government affairs. Richard subsequently served as CEO of CalOptima in Orange County from 2004-12, and worked for Molina Healthcare until 2017 as Plan President of the California health plan and national Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. Most recently, Richard worked for more than two years as a Principal at Health Management Associates consulting with health care organizations in pursuit of access to quality, cost-effective health care and long-term services and supports for all Californians. Richard was one of the original commissioners on the Congressional Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).
|Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, Board Treasurer
Director, Healthforce Center, University of California, San Francisco
Sunita Mutha is Director of Healthforce Center at UCSF, and a professor of medicine and internist at the University of California, San Francisco. As Director of Healthforce Center, Dr. Mutha leads efforts in interprofessional leadership training and workforce research to ensure more effective health care delivery. Dr. Mutha is a nationally recognized expert in health workforce training and cultural competence curriculum development. She served on the Joint Commission’s Expert Advisory Panel guiding the development of hospital standards for culturally competent, patient-centered care; the National Quality Forum’s Cultural Competence Steering Committee; and the board of directors for Brown and Toland Medical Group, a comprehensive, multi-specialty independent practice association.
|Marian Mulkey, Board Secretary
Marian Mulkey is an independent consultant focused on strategic philanthropy and health policy. From 1999-2016 she held progressively responsible positions at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) in roles that involved learning, evaluation, and impact assessment; support for California’s implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act; informing efforts to expand coverage and improve access to health care; and analysis of California’s uninsured population and health insurance markets. Early in her career Marian worked for Kaiser Permanente, in county and federal government agencies, and in academic settings.
|Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Elaine Batchlor is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art private safety net hospital providing compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles community. Her innovative work to increase access for underserved populations has been recognized nationally, earning her recognition as an Irvine Foundation California Leader, a Becker’s Review listing among the top 26 women physician executives in the country, and membership in the National Academy of Medicine. Before assuming leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor served as Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan providing care to the safety net population. She has also served as Vice President of Finance, Organization and Operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she developed and oversaw research, policy analysis and programs aimed at improving health care financing and delivery. Early in her career Dr. Batchlor served as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Office of Managed Care and as a Chief Medical Officer for Prudential Health Care. Dr. Batchlor is an active community volunteer, serving on multiple community and health care boards. She chairs the Los Angeles Hospital Leadership Group, part of the Hospital Association of Southern California. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Integrated Healthcare Association, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Advisory Board and the Hospital Quality Institute, among others. As a Harvard University alumna, Dr. Batchlor serves the university as an interviewer for the Los Angeles area. Dr. Batchlor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology. Dr. Elaine Batchlor is the proud mother of twin boys, and married to an attorney who works as a Los Angeles County public defender.
|Cecilia Oregon, MPP, MPH
Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente's Institute for Health Policy
As Executive Director of IHP, Cecilia identifies emerging health policy topics and guides the Institute’s portfolio of work. She also leads strategy and Consultantoperations for IHP. Cecilia joined KP in 2013 as the Director of Safety Net Partnerships for the National Community Benefit program. In her role, Cecilia helped accelerate safety net grant strategy and initiatives. She also fostered the development and spread of national and regional safety net partnerships. She has a background in philanthropy (Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, and the California Healthcare Foundation) and public policy (Congressional Research Service). She earned her Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellows program. She received a Latino Heritage Leadership Award in 2018 from California Senator Bob Wieckowski for her record of leadership and service.
|Jonathan Freedman, MSPH
Vice President, Health Management Associates (HMA)
Jonathan Freedman is Vice President at Health Management Associates, a national independent consulting and research firm. Jonathan works with plans, providers, associations, and governmental and non-governmental entities in the areas of public health, safety net healthcare, and public policy. He has held key positions at L.A. Care Health Plan, and in the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office and the Departments of Public Health and Health Services. Jonathan is a lecturer at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and is on the board of the Worker Education & Resource Center, a non-profit focused on high-road partnerships that link impacted persons to good, stable and permanent jobs.
|Patrick Johnston, MPS
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Health Plans
Patrick Johnston served 10 years in the State Assembly and 10 years in the State Senate representing San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties. He chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee for 6 years. After terming out of the Senate, Johnston taught at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy for 9 years. He also served on several Delta-related state boards including 8 years as a member of the Delta Stewardship Council. Johnston has worked for Health Net and was the CEO of the California Association of Health Plans for 6 years. Johnston is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College with a Master’s degree from CSU Sacramento.
Former Chief Executive Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan
Howard Kahn served as CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan from 2001-2015. L.A. Care is the largest public health plan in the U.S. and one of only two public health plans participating in Covered California. During his tenure, L.A. Care grew to serve two million low-income members and launched pilot programs in children's health coverage, physician office automation, e-consult, integrated financing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and community health resource centers. Previously, Howard was the founding CEO of The California Wellness Foundation and the Health Plan of San Mateo. He serves on the Boards of Charles Drew University, RAND Health, the Good Hope Foundation, and Operation Walk. Most recently, Howard is serving as the interim CEO at Union Station Homeless Services.
|Robert Phillips, MPA, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alluma
Robert Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of Alluma where he leads the strategic direction, fiscal stewardship, daily operations, and overall management of the organization. Robert has been acting on his commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in the U.S. and California for over 25 years. He played a crucial role in strategic philanthropic and advocacy efforts to improve the health of children and youth of color, expand health coverage to all children in California, modernize enrollment into public programs using technology solutions, and implement electronic health records in community clinics. His leadership at Alluma builds from experience at the California Endowment, Sierra Health Foundation, PolicyLink, AFL-CIO, SEIU, and Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit and Strategy.
|Jeffrey Reynoso, DrPH, MPH
Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)
Jeffrey Reynoso is the Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, a policy organization advocating for health equity of the Latino community. In his role, Dr. Reynoso is responsible for strategic leadership and external relations, fundraising and financial management, organizational development of the staff and Board, and delivering on policy advocacy and programmatic initiatives. For over a decade, he has worked on health equity and social justice issues spanning academia, government, and non-profit sectors at multiple levels including local/regional, state, and national. Most recently, he worked at Kaiser Permanente as a Doctoral Fellow designing innovative programs to address food insecurity in the Southern California region.