CHCF Announces New Senior Leadership Appointments

Changes to organizational learning, health reform, and chronic disease care


The California HealthCare Foundation announced appointments to three senior leadership positions: chief learning officer, director of the Health Reform and Public Programs initiative, and director of the Better Chronic Disease Care program.

Marian Mulkey, the current director of the Health Reform and Public Programs initiative (HRPP), will become the foundation’s chief learning officer at the Oakland-based philanthropy. She will be responsible for advancing organizational learning and evaluation at all levels of the foundation and will report to the president/CEO.

Since 2010, Mulkey has led CHCF’s work in analyzing the Affordable Care Act and informing policymakers, state and local government, and private stakeholders on ways to implement the complex legislation. Prior to joining CHCF, she was as an independent health policy consultant and also worked at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Mulkey received a bachelor’s degree in biology and economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and master’s degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Marian’s deep understanding of CHCF’s strategies and grants program, and her thoughtful experience with evaluating philanthropic endeavors, will help us stay focused and learn actively as we move ahead,” said Dr. Sandra R. Hern├índez, president and CEO of CHCF. “I am committed to adding this dimension to our rigorous organizational culture.”

Christopher Perrone is now appointed to replace Mulkey as director of HRPP, which works to support implementation of health care reform and to advance the effectiveness of California’s public coverage programs. Prior to this appointment, Perrone was deputy director of HRPP and acting director of the Better Chronic Disease Care program. In his role in HRPP he led efforts to improve the policies and practices that shape Medi-Cal and other publicly funded health care programs, and to promote greater transparency of, and accountability for, the performance of these programs.

Prior to joining CHCF, Perrone served as director of planning for the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance. Perrone has also held positions with The Lewin Group, the American Psychological Association, and the Center for Health Policy Studies at Georgetown University. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Kelly Pfeifer has been appointed director of the Better Chronic Disease Care program, which focuses on improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for Californians with chronic diseases. Previously, Pfeifer was the chief medical officer of the San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP), which is the local Medi-Cal managed care plan in San Francisco and the third-party administrator for the city’s innovative health access program, Healthy San Francisco. Under her leadership, SFHP launched several innovative projects aimed at improving patient experience, access to care, and population health for patients with chronic medical or behavioral conditions. She co-created the SF Quality Culture Series, a QI and management training program for clinic leaders, and launched a practice coaching program for safety-net clinics. Pfeifer most recently led a comprehensive, community-wide approach focused on improving safe opioid prescribing to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

Prior to joining SFHP in 2008, Pfeifer was the medical director for access at Redwood Community Health Coalition, a network of clinics in Northern California, as well as the medical director for Petaluma Health Center. Pfeifer received a medical doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in English from Oberlin College.


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The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.