Health Access California Board of Directors

Current board members as of August 2016


Joan Pirkle Smith (President)
Americans for Democratic Action - So. CA

Cynthia Buiza 
(Treasurer/Vice President)
California Immigrant Policy Center

Betsy Imholz (Secretary/Vice President)
Consumers Union of the U.S., Inc.

Ted Lempert (Vice President)
Children Now

Michelle Cabrera (Vice President)
SEIU - State Council


Brian Allison

Nancy "Nan" Brasmer
California Alliance for Retired Americans

Lori Easterling
California Teachers Association

Stewart Ferry
National MS Society – California Action Network

Aaron Fox
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Roma Guy
California Women’s Agenda

Paul Knepprath
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA

Kathy Ko Chin
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Henry “Hank” Lacayo
Congress of California Seniors

Christina Livingston
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Dondy Marie Maxey-Moreland
PICO California

Maribel Nunez
California Partnership

Joshua Pechthalt
California Federation of Teachers

Art Pulaski
California Labor Federation

Emily Rusch

Thomas Saenz
Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund

Cary Sanders
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)

Horace Williams
California Black Health Network

Sonya Young
California Black Women's Health Project

 All organizations listed for identification purposes only.

Our Mission

Founded in 1987, Health Access is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition advocating for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Our agenda includes:

  • Expanding Coverage: Implementing and improving upon health reform.
  • Fighting for a Fair Budget for the Future: Protecting public investments to preserve access to care.
  • Protecting Consumers: Ensuring consumer representation and protection.

Contact Us

1127 11th Street, Suite 925   map
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-497-0923
Fax: 916-497-0921
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