We’re privileged to be guided by an advisory board of pioneering thinkers and leaders. Our board members bring diverse experience in innovation and community health—in both the public and private sector—to the task of shaping our strategy and helping us find the best ways to empower the safety net to meeting the needs of underserved communities.

Jason Cunningham

Medical Director of West County Health Centers

Jason Cunningham is the Medical Director of West County Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center caring for patients in western Sonoma County. He is proud to work alongside a dedicated staff that shares his passion for serving all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, or ability to pay.

West County Health Centers has become a thought leader and innovator in re-designing primary care around the principle that a “trusting, long-term relationship” is the most important product of health care and the most influential in improving health. Jason’s leadership has focused on the use of video and communication technology to improve care coordination, team-based care for patients with complex medical and social stressors, and the use of data to drive innovation.

Jason is interested in leadership within health care delivery and participates in multiple boards and committees with local, regional and state organizations.

Jason is a family physician and remains dedicated to patient care. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Chris McCarthy

Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at Hopelab
Executive Director of the Innovation Learning Network

Chris McCarthy is the Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at Hopelab where he is excited to deepen its impact on the health and wellness of young people through design and systems thinking. He is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Innovation Learning Network.

His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review (Sept 2010), Bisognano and Kenney’s “Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs” (2012), as well as FastCompany, The New York Times, and many more. In his previous role at Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, he tackled safer medication administration for patients, more robust shift changes for nurses, exploring the social space of elders, and the care experience of transgender people.

As an author, he collaborated with Dr. Lyle Berkowitz on “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (2012), and with Lisa Schilling on Schall’s “Spreading Improvement Across Your Health Care Organization” (2007). You can find his quirky design blog at McCarthyChris.com. He was named the 2015 H.I.T. Innovator and the 2011 Ellerbe Beckett Lecturer. He is also an international speaker on innovation and design.

Chris has a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Copenhagen Business School, and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness and an occasional doughnut.

Edward O’Neil

Owner of O’Neil & Associates

Edward O’Neil is the Owner of O’Neil & Associates, a management consulting and leadership development firm focused on change and renewal in the health care system. His clients include some of the nation’s leading health systems, hospitals, health plans, professional groups, pharmaceutical firms, state and federal agencies, and educational institutions.

In June of 2012 he retired from his position as professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences (School of Nursing) at the University of California, San Francisco. There, he also served as the director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy, and training institute which he created in 1992; the center helps health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations, and public policymakers understand the challenges and opportunities of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and wellbeing of people and their communities. His work has focused on changing the US health care system through improved policy and leadership.

During his tenure at UCSF he created or led the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program, the California Health Care Foundation Leadership program, the Clinical Leadership Program for Blue Shield Foundation of California, and the Robert Wood Johnson funded Executive Nurse Fellows Program, as well as number of other research and leadership development programs in health care, research, and policy.

In 2001 he created O’Neil & Associates to assist organizations in understanding the strategic challenges they face in a changing health care world and developing strategies and leadership competencies to succeed. His clients include foundations, academic heath centers, public sector providers and policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and providers in health systems and professional practices. He is a frequent keynote presenter on health care reform, leadership development and practice model change in health care.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and a Master of Public Administration and Doctorate in History from Syracuse University. In addition he holds honorary degrees from New York Medical College, the Western University of Health Sciences, and two other universities. In 2003, he was elected to an honorary fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing.  He and his wife Gayle have four children. Ed is a docent for the SF Public Library giving architectural walking tours of the city, a beekeeper, and does interpretive historical characters in the public schools.

Molly Joel Coye

Executive in Residence at AVIA

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is an executive in residence at AVIA, a network of large health delivery systems seeking to advance care delivery transformation through the identification and deployment of effective digital solutions, and a member of the board of directors of Aetna, Inc.

From 2010-2015, she served as chief innovation officer for UCLA Health and head of the Institute for Innovation at UCLA, where she led the health system in identifying new strategies, technologies, products, and services to support the large-scale transformation of health care. She also advised technology developers, investors, national health systems, and policymakers about disruptive technologies and business models that accelerate transformation.

From 1999-2010, she founded and served as CEO of the Health Technology Center, the premier forecasting organization for emerging technologies in health care. She also served as commissioner of health for the State of New Jersey, director of the California Department of Health Services, and head of the division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene.

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, she is a member of the board of directors of Aetna, Inc., and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations. She has also served as a board member of the American Hospital Association and the American Telemedicine Association, and chaired the boards of the American Public Health Association and PATH, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in global health.

Robert Rebitzer

Managing Director at Manatt Health

Robert Rebitzer is a managing director for Manatt Health. Formerly, Robert was a partner, and a founding member, of Accenture’s strategy practice for the health care industry. There, his client work encompassed a range of functions and disciplines, including business and clinical strategy, the design and implementation of new models of care delivery, health plan operations improvement, and the governance of IT and other shared functions.

Robert was also a senior vice president at United Behavioral Health, the mental health division for UnitedHealth Group, where he led claims and customer service, new product development, regulatory compliance, and the implementation of statistical quality control (Lean/Six Sigma).

In addition, he was the founding chief operating officer for Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, which uses human-centered design — and qualitative research methods — to create lower-cost models of care delivery. Robert has also served as an advisor to the California Health Care Foundation and to various early-stage and mid-size health care services companies.