Alameda Welcomes New Health Services Director

The deputy director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health is making a big career move, but keeping it within the bay. Colleen Chawla has been unanimously appointed to lead the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency which is currently being overseen by interim director Rebecca Gebhart.

Chawla’s selection followed a national recruitment drive. Her start date is Dec. 18. She’ll oversee a $2.1 billion budget and over 8,000 employees.

“As a seasoned public sector executive, Colleen has direct experience overseeing the full continuum of safety net health care services including two hospitals, and a commitment to deliver high quality culturally responsive services to our communities,” said Supervisor Wilma Chan.

Chawla has worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 1999. She spent the previous seven years with the AIDS Project in Los Angeles and as director of state government relations for biotech companies. She has a degree in history from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Administration/Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco.


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