ITUP Names Health Policy Expert Crispin Delgado As Executive Director

February 7, 2023
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ITUP Names Health Policy Expert Crispin Delgado As Executive Director

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Board of Directors of Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) announced today that it has named seasoned philanthropic and health policy professional Crispin Delgado as Executive Director. The announcement came during the ITUP Annual Conference in Sacramento, a signature statewide event that kicks off the health policy and legislative year in California. Delgado will begin his tenure as Executive Director on March 20, 2023; he replaces Katie Heidorn, who left the organization in October 2022.

“The Board is delighted to welcome Crispin to the team,” said Marian Mulkey, Interim Executive Director and Chair of the ITUP Board of Directors. “Crispin is deeply committed to elevating community voices and advancing health equity, access, and quality. He possesses the policy knowledge, relationships, passion, and vision to lead ITUP into a bright future.”

With over two decades of experience, Crispin brings to ITUP rich lived and professional experience and a vision for advancing equity and social justice through policies that elevate community priorities. He has held professional roles within philanthropic organizations and spent several years as a leader within San Mateo County’s safety net healthcare system. A native of Richmond, California, Crispin’s childhood experiences shaped the path for a career focused on helping disinvested communities like his own.

“I am honored and excited to join the ITUP team, an organization I’ve long admired for its ability to cultivate connections across the California health policy landscape,” Delgado said. “I believe that ITUP is uniquely positioned to champion policy solutions and systems of care that improve health equity, access and quality in ways that meet the needs of patients across California’s diverse communities.”

Delgado is leaving his current position in public policy at Northern California Grantmakers to lead ITUP. He previously served as Program Officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where he worked to advance value-based care policy efforts in California and led signature programs, including the Clinic Leadership Institute.

About ITUP
ITUP provides independent analysis of policy and events affecting health, coverage and care in California and regularly convenes regional and statewide stakeholders to problem-solve and share best practices. ITUP is funded primarily by grants from private foundations and nonprofit organizations, including core funders The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation. Learn more at