Sandra Shewry, MPH, MSW

Vice President, External Engagement (on temporary leave of absence)

As of August 17, 2020, Sandra Shewry is on temporary leave from CHCF to serve as the acting director of the California Department of Public Health.

Sandra Shewry is vice president for External Engagement, where she leads CHCF’s health policy communications, digital publishing, government relations, and audience engagement functions. The External Engagement team works with colleagues across the foundation to deepen partnerships and collaborations in support of CHCF’s vision and goals. Sandra previously served as CHCF’s director of State Health Policy.

Prior to joining the foundation, she was president and CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit organization working to remove policy barriers to the integration of telehealth technologies into California’s health care system. Sandra held a number of senior leadership positions within California state government, including director of the California Department of Health Care Services, which administers the state Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). Other programs under her leadership included public health, emergency preparedness, and licensing of health facilities. She also served as the executive director of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Sandra received bachelor’s degrees in community studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master’s degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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