Spencer A. Sherman Appointed CHCF Director of Publishing and Communications

Veteran publishing executive to lead all communications efforts


The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has named Spencer A. Sherman to the position of director of publishing and communications. Sherman, a former journalist, television producer, and documentary filmmaker, has been serving as CHCF’s executive editor and directing online and print publishing activities for the foundation since 2002.

As director of publishing and communications, Sherman will raise awareness of CHCF initiatives and support CHCF’s program areas (improving the quality of care for Californians with chronic disease; reducing barriers to efficient, affordable health care for the underserved; and promoting greater transparency and accountability in California’s health care system). He will lead CHCF’s overall communications strategy including publishing, public and media relations, and development of new online publishing and communications efforts.

“Spencer’s knowledge of electronic publishing, communications, and health care, along with his proven leadership and management experience at CHCF, make him an ideal choice for the position,” said Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of CHCF. “As CHCF promotes innovations in care delivery and financing, Spencer will help ensure that key health care decision-makers have the information they need to improve health care for all Californians.”

Prior to joining CHCF, Sherman was a legal editor and managing editor of Internet products for Nolo Press, a publisher of self-help legal books and software, where his work centered on educating consumers about personal legal issues.

As a filmmaker and journalist, he covered the U.S. Supreme Court, served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and was a television executive in Japan. Sherman earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sherman succeeds David Olmos, who left CHCF to develop a new model of philanthropic support for independent journalism teams covering health care and health policy topics.


About the California Health Care Foundation

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.