Advisory Council

The ITUP Advisory Council (Council) provides ITUP leadership and staff with ongoing feedback and strategic input to inform ITUP policy research, workgroups and conference programs. The Council helps to gauge the relevance and value of ITUP work products and activities, serving as ITUP’s direct connection to the health care sector. The Advisory Council includes statewide and regional leaders representing diverse sectors including clinics, hospitals, physicians, health plans, advocacy, labor, employers and government.

Joan Allen, SEIU-UHW Healthcare Workers West

Mayra Alvarez, The Children’s Partnership

John Baackes, L.A. Care Health Plan

Charles Bacchi, California Association of Health Plans

Bill Barcellona, America’s Physician Groups

Isabel Becerra, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers

Michelle Cabrera, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California

Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., California Primary Care Association

Colleen Chawla, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Lisa Chan-Sawin, Transform Health

Gary Cohen, Blue Shield of California

Michael Cousineau, USC Keck School of Medicine; Price School of Public Policy

Joel Diringer, J.D., Diringer & Associates

Anastasia Dodson, California Department of Health Care Services

Veronica Flores, M.A., Community Health Councils

Alvaro Fuentes, Community Clinic Consortium, Contra Costa County

James S. Gross, Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP

Kelly Green, Covered California

Mark Herbert, Small Business Majority

Lisa Hershey, Housing California

Percy Howard, III, LCSW, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Kerry Hydash, Family HealthCare Network

Maria Lemus, Vision y Compromiso

Brianna Lierman, Local Health Plans of California

Louise McCarthy, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Anne McLeod, Private Essential Access Community Hospitals

Erica Murray, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

Mike Odeh, Children Now

Jeffrey Oxendine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health/Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

David Panush, California Health Policy Strategies

Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research / UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management

Gary Rotto, Borrego Health

Peter Shih, San Mateo County Health

Julie Stoss, Kaiser Permanente

Wendi West, Partnership HealthPlan of California

Micah Weinberg, California Fwd

DJ Wilson, State of Reform

Ryan Witz, California Hospital Association