Giovanna Giuliani, MBA, MPH • Executive Director

Giovanna Giuliani joined the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) as Executive Director in May of 2016. Giovanna brings a wealth of experience on a wide range of issues most pertinent to California’s public health care systems. Prior to joining SNI, her most recent role as Associate Director, Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) had been to help develop a new strategy to improve access to coverage and care for low-income Californians. She also has expertise in quality and performance improvement, including developing and overseeing grant programs to support public health care systems’ efforts to implement Lean management, improve safety net data analytics capacity in community health centers, and advance the development of complex care management programs in California.

Prior to her work at CHCF, Giovanna served at the Pacific Business Group on Health as Director of the California Quality Collaborative, where she developed and executed a wide range of statewide programs to improve patient experience, clinical quality and efficiency among California’s delegated physician groups. She has also held quality improvement roles at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in addition to having worked in health plan product development at Blue Shield of California.

Giovanna received both an MBA and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College.

David Lown, MD • Chief Medical Officer

David Lown joined the California Health Care Safety Net (SNI) in November of 2013. As Chief Medical Officer he is advancing SNI’s mission of promoting innovation and transformation among California’s public health care systems.

Prior to his position at CAPH/SNI, Dr. Lown was the Chief Medical Officer at the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC), providing clinical direction to all the agency’s activities, including overseeing the Continuous Quality Improvement Program and the clinical functions of the agency’s mobile homeless outreach van, and serving as the clinical liaison to the San Francisco Health Plan and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and its affiliated hospital and clinics. For 15 years, he served as a Primary Care Provider at an Ocean Park Health Center and at the St Anthony Free Clinic. He has run diabetes group medical visits, implemented a chronic disease registry, participated in chronic care, self-management and primary care/specialty care collaboratives, and helped launch a clinic based Telepharmacy consultation service. He has also been involved with both local and statewide quality improvement, health information technology and health information exchange workgroups and organizations.

Dr. Lown was raised in Bangor, Maine.  He is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA, Biology), Columbia University (MA, Applied Physiology) and Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a Family Practice residency at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA; the American Medical Informatics Association 10×10 Certificate Program in BioMedical and Health Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University; and the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program. He lives in Marin with his artist wife of 17 years and his two teenage children.

Amanda Clarke, MPH • Associate Director of Programs

Amanda Clarke joined the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) in 2014. As Associate Director of Programs, Amanda develops programs, policies, and trainings that promote integration across public health systems and strengthen care in the safety net.

Prior to joining SNI, Amanda worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on a national program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and spread best practices in minority health.

Amanda has lived on four continents; previously she managed community health programs in West Africa with the United Nations Population Fund. Amanda holds a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from George Washington University. She lives in Oakland with her family and takes every opportunity to hike up a mountain or sit on a beach.

Kristin Cielo • Human Resources Specialist
Megan Renfrew • Director of Communications
Kristina Mody, MPH • Senior Program Associate

Kristina Mody joined SNI in late 2014. As Senior Program Associate, Kristina leads member technical assistance for several key Medi-Cal 1115 waiver programs, including Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) and the Global Payment Program (GPP), as well as SNI’s data analytics portfolio.

Prior to joining SNI, she worked at Kaiser Permanente for seven years. As project manager at the Meaningful Use program office, she analyzed and implemented program requirements, and developed regional and leadership communications around the federal electronic health record incentive program. Prior to her role in Meaningful Use, Kristina worked in Kaiser Permanente’s regional medical group compliance department analyzing new regulations, conducting internal audits and working with local medical center staff. Kristina holds a BA and MPH from UC Berkeley, and currently serves on Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association Board. She lives in Alameda with her husband and puppy, and enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the East Bay.

Dana Pong, MPH • Senior Data Analyst

Dana Pong joined SNI in late 2014 to provide Waiver 1115 technical assistance to CAPH members and to perform data analysis for various SNI projects.   Prior to joining SNI, Dana was a Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF where she took ownership of reporting to joint replacement registries and the management of the Arthroplasty Outcomes Database.  Her experience also includes performing community assessments for non-profit organizations such as the NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, San Francisco Susan G Komen for the Cure, and Human Impact Partners.

Within the public sector, she has supported program research and planning for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Mateo County Health System, and for a collaborative between UC Office of the President and Commonweal.  Prior to pursuing public health, Dana spent four years in Regulatory Affairs at a biotech firm.  Dana holds two bachelor degrees from UCSD and an MPH from San Francisco State University.

Dana currently lives and volunteers in Alameda County where she was born and raised.  She enjoys frequent strolls among the gibbons and sun bears at the Oakland Zoo.

Erica Fornshell • Director of Operations
Abby Gonzalez, CMP • Project & Events Manager

Abby Gonzalez joined SNI in March 2015 as the Operations Specialist. She is now the Project & Events Manager and supports the SNI team with meetings/training webinars, and project management.  She is the assistant to the Executive Director and the Chief Medical Officer.  She handles all logistics of the CAPH/SNI Annual conference.  Prior to joining SNI, she was the Special Project Manager for the California Association of Cable & Telecommunications Association for over 28 years.

Gina Lenhart, BA • Office Manager
Leossie Hernandez • Accounts Manager
Zoe So • Program Coordinator

Giovanna Giuliani
Executive Director

Gina Lenhart, BA
Office Manager

Afiya Palmer, BS
Human Resources Manager

Amanda Clarke, MPH
Associate Director of Programs

David Lown, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Abby Gonzalez, CMP
Operations Specialist

Dana Pong, MPH
Data Analyst

Kristina Mody, MPH
Senior Program Associate

Ernesto Salta, BS
Senior Accountant