ITUP is led by a distinguished eight-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
Principal, Health Management Associates (HMA)
Richard Chambers has worked for more than 43 years on improving access to quality health care for low-income families, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Currently, Richard is a Principal with HMA in their Los Angeles office, working as a senior consultant to health plans, providers, state and local governments, and other organizations in the delivery of publicly funded health care programs. He spent 28 years at the Federal Centers for Medicare and 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 from 2004-12 and worked for Molina Healthcare until 2017 as Plan President of the California health plan and Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. Richard was one of the original commissioners on the Congressional Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). He is now consulting with health care organizations in pursuit of access to quality, cost-effective health care for all Americans.
|Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, Board Treasurer
Director, Healthforce Center, University of California, San Francisco
Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, 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.
Chief Executive Officer, Small Business Majority
John Arensmeyer founded and runs Small Business Majority, a California-headquartered organization that advocates for critical public policy issues facing America’s entrepreneurs – particularly health care. The organization also offers seminars, webinars, and educational materials to small business owners on health care and other important topics. Previously, John founded and ran two interactive communications companies. He began his career as an attorney. John is a frequent speaker on policy issues and a regular guest on TV and radio. In 2009, he actively participated in the White House summit on health care reform. John testifies regularly before congressional and California legislative committees and briefs national and state policymakers on health care and other issues.
Chief Administrative Officer, Population Health, Alameda Health System
Tangerine Brigham leads Alameda Health System’s (AHS) efforts to improve patient experience, reduce costs, and transition to population health management. She also works with community partners to address key social determinants of health and improve community health equity. Tangerine’s experience crosses the health, supportive housing, and social service fields. Prior to joining AHS, she held key positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, The San Francisco Foundation, L.A. Care Health Plan, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
|Cecilia Echeverria, MPP, MPH
Cecilia Echeverría is the Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy (IHP). In her role, Cecilia identifies emerging health policy topics and guides the Institute’s portfolio of work. She also leads strategy and operations 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.
Founder and Principal, Laura Hogan Consulting
Laura Hogan consults with nonprofit health and philanthropic organizations to improve the health of communities. Her skills and experience include strategic planning, policy analysis, program development, and operational oversight of program initiatives. Laura serves as senior strategist for Futures Without Violence, consults with Community Partners Program Management Team for the California Accountable Communities for Health, and is a consultant with Pacific Health Consulting Group. Prior to consulting work, she held the position as Vice President of Program for The California Endowment, where she oversaw grantmaking and developing philanthropy initiatives such as the Community Clinic Initiative. Ms. Hogan has also worked as Executive Director for CommuniCare Health Centers.
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.
|Jim Lott, PsyD
Jim Lott, PsyD, is a management consultant specializing in strategic thinking, planning, communications, change management and organizational and stakeholder development. He teaches healthcare leadership, policy, and administration courses at several universities in the Los Angeles area. Jim served as Chief Strategy Officer for the recently-opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, which serves one of the poorest communities in the nation. He previously held positions as Executive Vice President with the Hospital Association of Southern California, and President and CEO of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Jim also previously served as staff director and chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in the California Legislature and held various administrative, policy development, and advocacy positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.