Erica Murray, MPA
President and CEO
Prior to being appointed President and CEO in 2013, Ms. Murray was Senior Vice President and responsible for leading the organization’s policy and government relations efforts. She worked at CAPH since 2005 with a focus on policies to support and strengthen public health care systems’ successful delivery system improvements, many of which have been fostered by CAPH’s affiliate, the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI). These improvements include chronic disease management, language access services, and outpatient service delivery efficiencies. Prior to joining CAPH/SNI, Ms. Murray served as health policy Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC). From 1997 to 1999, she served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped launch the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, a $1.4 billion federal program that provides access to HIV/AIDS medications for uninsured low-income individuals. Ms. Murray holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Giovanna Giuliani, MBA, MPH
Exeuctive Director, SNI
Giovanna Giuliani joined the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) as Executive Director in May of 2016. Giovanna brings a wealth of experience on a wide range of issues most pertinent to California’s public health care systems. Prior to joining SNI, Ms. Giuliani served as the Associate Director of Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and helped to develop a new strategy to improve access to coverage and care for low-income Californians. She also has expertise in quality and performance improvement, including developing and overseeing grant programs to support public health care systems’ efforts to implement Lean management, improve safety net data analytics capacity in community health centers, and advance the development of complex care management programs in California.
Prior to CHCF, Ms. Giuliani served at the Director of the California Quality Collaborative at Pacific Business Group on Health, where she developed and executed a wide range of statewide programs to improve patient experience, clinical quality, and efficiency among California’s delegated physician groups. She has also held quality improvement roles at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in addition to having worked in health plan product development at Blue Shield of California. Giovanna received both an MBA and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College.
Sarah Hesketh, MS
Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Sarah Hesketh is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). Ms. Hesketh leads the organization’s advocacy work, which includes helping to advance the organization’s policy work and legislative platform, and building relationships with key stakeholders at the state and federal level. She helped lead CAPH’s advocacy effort to secure the 2015 Medicaid waiver for California, which provides $7 billion in funding to improve care in the Medi-Cal program. More recently, Ms. Hesketh led CAPH’s state advocacy efforts to protect the 340B drug discount program for safety net providers and the organization’s federal advocacy efforts to prevent cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding. Prior to joining CAPH in 2011, Ms. Hesketh was the Director of Health Care Policy and Community Development at Working Partnerships USA, a non-profit organization in San Jose CA, where she helped develop and implement local health coverage programs for low-income families, passed a living wage ordinance for 5,000 workers at the San Jose Airport, and helped advance multiple local ballot measures to support the county’s public hospital system. She has a Masters in Applied Economics and Finance, and Bachelors in Global Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Richard Rubinstein, JD
General Counsel and Vice President
Since 2012, Mr. Rubinstein serves as the General Counsel and Vice President for CAPH providing leadership on crucial legal and technical issues facing CAPH and its membership. Prior to working at CAPH, Mr. Rubinstein served as General Counsel for San Francisco Health Plan, the local Medi-Cal managed care plan serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries in San Francisco county. He also spent time as a consultant focusing on hospital operations and financing, as well as numerous years in various analytical and financial positions with Brown and Toland Medi-Cal Group, a large IPA based in San Francisco. Mr. Rubinstein received a Juris Doctor from University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Duke University.
Jackie Bender, MPP
Vice President of Policy
Jackie Bender joined CAPH in 2011. Her work focuses on federal and state policy, including Medicaid waivers, public hospital financing, health realignment, Medicaid DSH, cross-county collaboration, and the impact of housing and other social supports on health. Prior to working at CAPH, Ms. Bender served as an advisor to Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the U.S. House Ways and Means and House Budget Committees, with an emphasis on Medicare policy for low-income populations. She also consulted for Alameda County and the City and County of San Francisco on projects related to coverage expansion and factors impacting poor health outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness. Ms. Bender received her Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University.
Human Resources Specialist
Kristin Cielo, our Human Resources Specialist, joined CAPH/SNI in early 2019. Positivity, fairness, and integrity are all important motivators for Kristin both in the workplace and in life. Her approach to Human Resource Management is through a combined-focus, employing both individual attention with staff as well as using a team motivation lens with a hands-on and involved approach to “people management.” Kristin received her Bachelor’s at Cal and later was certified through the UC Berkeley Extension Human Resources Management Program. Drawing from her nearly 20 years of HR Generalist experience, Kristin has served in the following industries: Non Profit and For Profit; Membership-based Trade Organizations; Community Based Behavioral Health Organizations; Manufacturing; Recycling, Reuse and Upcycling. Extremely well versed in the demands of staying compliant with the ever-changing landscape that is the California workplace Kristin keeps up with all of the special laws and considerations that come with an employee-friendly and protective state.
Director of Operations
Erica joined CAPH/SNI in 2011 and is responsible for the operational effectiveness of the organization by collaborating with senior management to develop and achieve long-term strategic aims as well as the operating budget. Erica manages the operations staff responsible for administrative support, human resources, facilities, information technology and other operational functions. She also leads the management of grants, financial services trainings, the annual conference, and external operational partnerships, vendors and consultants.
Leossie Hernandez joined CAPH/SNI in May 2019 as the Accounting Manager. In this role, she provides accounting services to CAPH/SNI that include accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, and other accounting related-functions. Ms. Hernandez brings over 15 years of experience serving as an accounting manager in non-profit community health services.
Allison Homewood, MHA
Associate Director of Policy
In her role as Associate Director of Policy, Ms. Homewood focuses on policy issues including behavioral health, quality, payment reform, Whole Person Care, Health Homes, and FQHCs. Prior to joining CAPH she worked in strategic planning and business development at LifeLong Medical Care, a multi-site community health center in the San Francisco Bay Area providing integrated medical, dental and social services to people of all ages. She previously served as an Associate Director at the California Primary Care Association, advocating on behalf of and supporting California’s nonprofit community clinics and health centers. Allison holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy and completed her undergraduate education at UC Davis.
Ben Kane, MPP
Senior Health Care Finance Policy Analyst
Ben Kane joined CAPH in 2019 as a Senior Health Care Finance Policy Analyst. Prior to joining CAPH, Ben served as a policy advisor for Congressman Alan Lowenthal in Washington, D.C. Ben has worked for health policy organizations including Covered California, California Health Policy Strategies, the Petris Center on Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare, and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. Ben received his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. in History and Political Science from Williams College.
Gina Lenhart joined CAPH and SNI in May 2014 as the Office Manager. Gina oversees the general office operations and reception, and provides administrative support to both the CAPH and SNI organizations.
Haleigh Mager-Mardeusz, MPH
Government Affairs Specialist
Haleigh Mager-Mardeusz joined CAPH in 2017. Haleigh’s work focuses on supporting advocacy efforts to advance the association’s policy and legislative platforms at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining CAPH, while in graduate school, Haleigh worked for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, specializing in public health insurance programs, including Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Haleigh spent a summer working for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for the ranking member, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), where she analyzed federal financing reform options for long-term services and supports. Prior to that, Haleigh worked with a Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine to identify developmental screening care delivery gaps in safety net clinics across Los Angeles County, for the local Medi-Cal health plan. Haleigh holds an MPH in Health Policy from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Delta Omega, and a BS in Public Health, Minor in Developmental Disabilities, Magna Cum Laude, from the California State University, Los Angeles. In 2016, Haleigh was awarded the national David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship.
Aaron Mendelson, MPH
Senior Finance and Policy Analyst
Aaron Mendelson is a Senior Finance and Policy Analyst. Prior to joining CAPH in April, Aaron worked as a health care consultant at Kaiser Permanente. He previously worked in economic research where he studied Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. Aaron Holds a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in History from Reed College.
John Minot, MPP
Director of Policy
John Minot serves as Director of Policy at CAPH, focusing on Medi-Cal financing mechanics and strategy, cost and utilization data reporting and validation, and health realignment. He received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and has worked at CAPH since that year. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, in 2006 and prior to graduate education worked in medical device and drug consulting.
Megan Renfrew, MA
Director of Communications
Megan Renfrew is the Director of Communications for CAPH/SNI. In this role, she oversees internal and external communications, including the writing and production of publications and policy briefs, press statements and messaging, digital projects such as newsletters, website management, and social media, among other efforts. Prior to joining CAPH/SNI in 2018, Megan worked for 10 years in the Partners HealthCare system in Boston, including six years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Most recently, she served as the Director of Communications in the Center for Population Health at Partners overseeing internal and external communications and has extensive experience working on-the-ground with clinicians to implement population health initiatives in specialty clinics. She also worked for four years in the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH on a range of projects focused on reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health care and providing culturally-tailored health care. Megan has a Master’s Degrees in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Brandeis University.
Ardelia Taylor joined CAPH in April 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO and Senior Vice President of External Affairs. Ardelia currently provides support to the CEO, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Policy and CAPH Board of Directors. Ardelia brings to CAPH 25 plus years of Non-profit and Executive Support experience.