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Portrait of Sandra R. Hernández

Sandra R. Hernández

Sandra R. Hernández, MD, is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), which works to improve the health care system so it works for all Californians. Prior to joining CHCF, she was CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. She also co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco. It was the first time a local government in the United States attempted to provide health care for all of its constituents. In 2018, she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Covered California board of directors, and in early 2019, she was reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. She also serves on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Advisory Council at UC Davis and on the UC Regents Health Services Committee. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She practiced at San Francisco General Hospital in the HIV/AIDS clinic from 1984 to 2016. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Tufts School of Medicine, and the certificate program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.