Sandra R. Hernández, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
California HealthCare Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Sandra R. Hernández became president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation in January 2014. CHCF is an independent foundation with assets of more than $700 million, headquartered in Oakland, California, and dedicated to improving the health of the people of California. Prior to joining CHCF, Hernández was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco.
Sandra is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and maintains a clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Tufts School of Medicine, and the certificate program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she spent much of her childhood in rural New Mexico with her grandparents. There she came to honor and appreciate her Mexican culture and the intrinsic values of community and public service. Her love of science and math was nourished by her father, a self-educated engineer.
Sandra serves as a trustee of the Reno-based Asbestos Settlement Trusts and as an independent director of First Republic Bank. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California's Statewide Leadership Council, the Yale University President's Council, the UCSF Chancellor's Advisory Board, and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Advisory Board.
Her earlier affiliations include President Clinton's Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and two Institute of Medicine committees — on the Consequences of Uninsurance and on the Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic.
Sandra is a former board member of Grantmakers In Health, the Council on Foundations, and the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB). She co-chaired San Francisco's Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco, an innovative health access program for the uninsured.