ITUP Executive Director To Retire in 2020

September 12, 2019

A Note from ITUP Executive Director Deborah Kelch

After more than 35 years working in California health policy, I have decided to retire in 2020. I am genuinely looking forward to having more time for an active and healthy lifestyle that includes traveling, reading and writing, and spending time with friends and family.

I am grateful to have spent the last three years as executive director of ITUP. Leading ITUP has been the culmination of a career dedicated to my firmly held belief — decision-makers must have reliable, independent and honest policy analyses as they tackle the state’s health care challenges. What I particularly value about ITUP is that we go beyond research and analysis to actively engage with a network of experts and stakeholders in communities all around California. ITUP is always checking in to make sure we can highlight what is working for individuals, families and communities, and what needs improvement.

I am grateful to the entire ITUP network for its dedication to creating a health care system for Californians that will someday be all that we aspire to — universal, accessible, affordable, effective, and equitable. While California is making great strides in achieving these goals, and we should regularly celebrate the successes, we still have much to do. Millions of Californians remain uninsured and too many Californians are without meaningful access to high-quality, affordable health care that truly works for them and their families when they need it.

I look forward to leading ITUP into 2020 and will actively support the Board in the search for the next leader of this great organization. In the end, it is the relationships, the collaboration, the shared commitment and the deep dedication to moving the state forward “no matter what” that makes ITUP successful.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.


A Note from ITUP Board Chair Richard Chambers

On behalf of the ITUP Board, we are incredibly thankful for Deborah’s leadership, dedication, and her meaningful contribution to ITUP and health improvement in California.

Deborah has graciously given us ample time to prepare and recruit a new leader since she will not retire until 2020. The recruitment process to hire a new Executive Director begins immediately, and we appreciate Deborah’s commitment to help us find her replacement.

In the meantime, the mission of ITUP will not waver and we will continue to offer timely research and analyses while engaging with health care leaders around the state in regional and statewide convenings, including the annual ITUP conference in Sacramento February 24-25, 2020. The evolving political climate at the federal level – and the upcoming 2020 Presidential election – will require the same practical, independent analyses on what it all means for California that ITUP uniquely provides.

We know there is much more work to be done to improve health care access and quality in the state and we look forward to continuing our partnership and collaboration with the entire ITUP network.