PHC names Lupe Alonzo-Diaz as New President/CEO

Sacramento, CALIF. – Today, Physicians For A Healthy California (PHC), formerly the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation, announced that Lupe Alonzo-Diaz will lead the organization as President and CEO. Alonzo-Diaz replaces Jay Hansen, who left in June 2018 to become President and CEO of the California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy.

PHC is dedicated to improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity.

“I am thrilled to join such an exceptional team,” said Alonzo-Diaz. “The crucial work that PHC performs in public health, access to care and improving quality of care is essential to improving California’s health care delivery system, and I am determined to carry out the vision of PHC with enthusiasm and forward-thinking leadership.”

Alonzo-Diaz brings to PHC an impressive wealth of experience. Before joining PHC, she served as the Deputy Director of Administration for the California Department of State Hospitals, overseeing the agency’s daily operations of five state hospitals and a $1.4 billion budget and providing vision and leadership to the 11,000 employees and the patients they serve. Alonzo-Diaz also served in senior leadership roles with the Office of Statewide Planning and Development, the Health Professions Education Foundation and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

“We are thrilled to add Lupe’s 25 years of extensive experience in the public and non-profit world to PHC,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “Her unparalleled and tireless advocacy on improving California’s health care delivery system and bold leadership makes her a natural fit to lead PHC into a new era.”

Alonzo-Diaz also served as Legislative Advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Senior Legislative Advocate for the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and Policy Analyst for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

“With health care delivery changing more rapidly than ever before, PHC is at the forefront of public policy discussions, education and awareness campaigns that will benefit physicians and their patients across the state,” said James T. Hay, M.D., Chair of the PHC Board of Directors. “Lupe’s innovation, passion for justice and leadership will prove an invaluable asset as we embark on existing projects and on new endeavors.”

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