Health Care Access Policy Chair
President & Chief Executive Officer, California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), overseeing a membership association of over 800 nonprofit, community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) which serve over 4.8 million patients a year, over half of them Latino. Ms. Castellano-Garcia has been committed to advancing multi-cultural health policy issues for over 20 years, focusing on areas such as cultural and linguistic competency in health care delivery, ensuring the viability of safety net providers, health care reform, and access to care for vulnerable populations.
Ms. Castellano-Garcia is also the Founder and a Board member of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), a leading health care policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve access to health and human services for California’s Latino population. She served as its Executive Director in 1992-1997 and she returned as the Volunteer Executive Director in 2011, wherein she played a leadership role in ensuring the continued vitality of the organization.
Ms. Castellano-Garcia’s legal background includes six years as a Managing Attorney with Public Advocates, Inc., a public interest law firm in San Francisco, and she currently sits on the Public Advocates’ Board of Governors. Ms. Castellano-Garcia has litigated in the areas of employment discrimination, insurance redlining, and ensuring access to the information superhighway for California’s minority, low-income populations.
In addition to serving on its Board of Directors, Ms. Castellano-Garcia is also a founding member of the regional extension center for California – the California Health Information and Partnership Services Organization (CalHIPSO). Additionally, she serves as a Trustee for the Castellano Family Foundation.
Ms. Castellano-Garcia is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. While a student, she spent a year at La Universidad Central de Venezuela as a Rotary Foundation International Scholar.