ROLE of COMMITTEES: To make recommendations to the CPCA Board of Directors (on the set of issues the Committee is charged with).

  • Committees typically address issues that need further discussion or require further action. 
  • When action is needed, an issue is designated as an “Action” item on a Committee agenda.
    • Committees discuss the issue and ultimately make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
    • These recommendations are typically outlined by staff in the related issue memo; however, Committee members are responsible for submitting the final recommendation, made in the form of a motion.
  • Committee-approved recommendations then go to the Board of Directors, which has final approval of said motions.
    • Committee-approved recommendations are placed on the Board “Consent Calendar” – a method that allows Board approval of all Committee motions at once; with the option to “pull” any item for further discussion before a vote is called, if desired by any Board member.

Advocacy Committee (reports to CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Board)

Chair: Max Perrey, Director of Communications, Aliados Health 
Staff: Victor Christy, Deputy Director of Political Engagement
Support Staff: Kelley Aldrich, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs

  • Advocacy and political program development
  • Political monitoring
  • Candidate questionnaires, interviews and engagement
  • Endorsements and process
  • Ballot measures
  • Fundraising

Audit Committee (Three Board members are appointed by Committee Chair)

Chair: Adel Syed, CEO, UMMA Community Clinic
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Recommend to the Board of Directors the retention and termination of the independent auditor
  • May negotiate the compensation of the auditor on behalf of the Board
  • Confer with the auditor to satisfy the committee members that the financial affairs of the organization are in order
  • Review and determine whether to accept the audit
  • Approve performance of any non-audit services by the auditing firm 

Finance Committee

Chair: Asa Satariano, CEO, South of Market Health Center (and Board Treasurer)
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • CPCA budget development and oversight

Governance Committee

Chair: Julia Liou, CEO, Asian Health Services
Staff: Christina Hicks, VP of Member Relations & Governance
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Bylaws review/membership policy development
  • Board of Directors election
  • Membership applications review and recommendations
  • Board education/member satisfaction assessments
  • Review organization's corporate compliance activities

Legislative & Regulatory Committee (meets quarterly hybrid and monthly supplemental Zooms)

Chair: David Lontok, CEO, Comprehensive Community Health Centers (and Board Speaker)
Staff: Dennis Cuevas-Romero, VP of Government Affairs
Support Staff: Kelley Aldrich, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs

  • Bill review and prioritization and positions
  • Annual Legislative agenda
  • Priority Administrative Issues
  • Federal and Sate advocacy
  • Ballot Initiatives
  • State budget advocacy (i.e., proposed Medi-Cal reductions)

Strategic Opportunities Advisor Group (SOAG) (open to Board members only)

Chair:  Rakesh Patel, CEO, Neighborhood Healthcare (Incoming Board Chair 2023/24)
Staff: Francisco Silva, CEO; Sonja Spowart, CFO; and Joey Cachuela, Legal Counsel
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • The primary charge of this advisory group is to work with CPCA staff to vet proposed “innovative strategies” or “game-changers” 
  • The advisory group will provide feedback to staff on these strategies, and will also be asked by the Board for feedback concerning strategies under review
  • The SOAG has the option to organize “brain trusts” of content experts to help provide specific feedback when an additional level of expertise is needed

Ventures Finance Committee (Board Members only)

Chair: Asa Satariano, CEO, South of Market Health Center (and Board Treasurer)
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Loan program oversight
  • CPCA Ventures budget development and oversight