ITUP Executive Director Job Summary

September 11, 2019

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2019


Insure the Uninsured Project Launches Search for New Executive Director

Current Executive Director Deborah Kelch to Retire in 2020
After More Than 35 Years of Health Care Policy and Public Service

Sacramento — September 11 The Board of Directors of Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) announces launching a robust search for its next Executive Director; current Executive Director Deborah Kelch has announced plans to retire in 2020.

“ITUP is proud to be the independent expert and trusted resource on California health reform and health policy, and we’re looking for a leader who has the right experience and vision to carry ITUP into the next phase,” said ITUP Board of Directors and Recruitment Committee Chair Richard Chambers. “As we recruit for a new executive director, we seek a leader with health policy expertise, a deep understanding of California’s policy and political climate, strong fund development skills, management experience and a flexible, strategic leadership approach.” Nonprofit executive search firm Carlson Beck has been retained to lead the national search.

For more than 20 years, ITUP has been a central voice in the California health care and health reform landscape. ITUP leads by emphasizing the value, importance and opportunities for state leadership and action to advance health reform, regardless of the federal reform context. ITUP serves as a trusted and independent expert, grounded in statewide and regional connections with a broad network of policymakers, health care leaders and stakeholders.

“As ITUP Executive Director for the last three years, Deborah Kelch has done a tremendous job taking the organization to the next level. We’re thankful for her leadership, dedication, and her meaningful contribution to ITUP and to health improvement in California at large,” Chambers added.

Kelch recently announced plans to retire next year after more than 35 years of service in health care policy, legislative service and consulting, including as chief consultant to the California State Assembly Health Committee.

“I’m retiring to do many of the things that I have been putting off – travel, spending time with friends and family, reading and writing – while I am healthy and able to do them,” said Kelch. “I’m proud that California policymakers and health care leaders rely on and see ITUP as a trusted source of independent policy research and analysis. Here at ITUP, and throughout my career, I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with so many extraordinary people dedicated to expanding and improving health care and coverage in California.”

Potentially interested candidates can view the position specification, which includes contact information for the recruitment firm, on the Careers page.