Giovanna Giuliani, MBA, MPH
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
Director of Programs
Amanda Clarke is the Director of Programs for the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI), where she develops programs, policies, and trainings that promote integration across public systems and strengthen care in the safety net. Prior to joining SNI, Amanda worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on a national program to incorporate equity into quality improvement initiatives and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Previously, she managed integrated healthcare and economic development initiatives in Ghana and Ecuador.
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.
Senior Director of Operations
Erica joined CAPH/SNI in 2011 and is responsible for the operational effectiveness of the organization by collaborating with senior management to develop and achieve long-term strategic aims as well as the operating budget. Erica manages the operations staff responsible for administrative support, human resources, facilities, information technology and other operational functions. She also leads the management of grants, financial services trainings, the annual conference, and external operational partnerships, vendors and consultants.
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.
Leossie Hernandez joined CAPH/SNI in May 2019 as the Accounting Manager. In this role, she provides accounting services to CAPH/SNI that include accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, and other accounting related-functions. Ms. Hernandez brings over 15 years of experience serving as an accounting manager in non-profit community health services.
Associate Director of Programs
Thuy-Ann Le joined the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) as the Associate Director of Programs in 2021. In her role at SNI, Ms. Le oversees programs, trainings and shapes policy efforts to support California’s public health care systems in telehealth, ambulatory care redesign, COVID-19 recovery, and racial equity initiatives.
Prior to her position at CAPH/SNI, Ms. Le was the Director of Safety Net Access at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she led policy, research, and program strategies working with public hospital systems and community health centers to improve health care access, coverage, and utilization of primary care to advance health equity for low-income and immigrant communities. She also managed cross-agency collaboration between health care delivery systems and population health to minimize health disparities and promote equity throughout the COVID-19 emergency response. Ms. Le has experience in public and non-profit management specializing in policy analysis, health systems strengthening and reform; strategic operations in health care delivery; community-based interventions; and advancing global health leadership through racial justice and social change initiatives. Her experience spans from working at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Santa Clara County to global health in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Vietnam, Ghana, and South Africa. Ms. Le received a dual Master of Public Health and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from New York University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Gina Lenhart joined CAPH and SNI in May 2014 as the Office Manager. Gina oversees the general office operations and reception, and provides administrative support to both the CAPH and SNI organizations.
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.
Megan Renfrew, MA
Director of Communications
Megan Renfrew is the Director of Communications for CAPH/SNI. In this role, she oversees internal and external communications, including publications and policy briefs, press statements, social media, e-newsletters and website management. Prior to joining CAPH/SNI in 2018, Megan worked for 10 years in the Partners HealthCare system in Boston, including six years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Most recently, she served as the Director of Communications in Population Health at Partners HealthCare. Megan has a Master’s Degrees in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Brandeis University.
Zoe So joined SNI in August 2019 as a Program Coordinator, where she supports SNI’s planning and implementation initiatives to advance learning across public health care systems. Zoe graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Public Health and minor Public Policy. Her previous experiences include researching healthcare markets for the School of Public Health and interning for the American Heart Association, Community Health Partnership, and more. She currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys exploring the city on her bike.