Steven Birenbaum, MPA

Senior Communications Officer


Steven Birenbaum is a senior communications officer focused on CHCF’s work to improve care for patients with complex chronic conditions, including older adults and people experiencing homelessness. As a grantmaker he sets strategy to strengthen and support non-profit journalism in California, overseeing grants to public media outlets, a data fellowship program and the daily news digest California Heathline. He also leads CHCF’s investments in podcasting. Steven was interviewed at the 2020 Knight Media Forum by PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Hari Sreenivasan about CHCF’s health care journalism grantmaking.

Prior to joining the foundation, Steven was executive writer at Blue Shield of California. As a writer, his work has been published in The New York TimesNewsday, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and KQED Radio, among other outlets. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s of public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

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