Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), overseeing a membership association of more than 1,300
During her tenure at CPCA, community health centers have had significant income growth, more than tripling their collective income from $795 million in 1997 to over $5 billion in 2016. Patients served increased more than 275 percent during this same period from 2.4 to 6.6 million, and total annual encounters grew by more than 12 million. Under her leadership, Federal funding to CCHCs has increased from $105M to $686M annually, and the number of health center sites has more than doubled to over 1,300 sites in 2016.
In 2015, Carmela oversaw the creation of a new 501(c)4 CPCA affiliate corporation – CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, a social welfare organization that is dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers through state and federal advocacy. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is governed by a Board of Directors who have been designated by the CPCA Board of Directors. Carmela Castellano-Garcia is the President and CEO and leads a team of government affairs professionals.
In addition, Ms. Castellano-Garcia serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Castellano Family Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the Board’s Vice President since 2012. Founded by Alcario and Carmen Castellano in 2001, the Castellano Family Foundation has donated more than $5 million in grants to Santa Clara County nonprofits supporting Latino education, arts, and culture, leadership
Prior to joining CPCA, Ms. Castellano-Garcia served as the Founder and Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), a healthcare policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve access to health and human services for California’s Latino population. She was the Executive Director in 1992-1997 and she served 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 Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney with Public Advocates, Inc., a public interest law firm in San Francisco. 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.
Ms. Castellano-Garcia is a founder and continues to serve on the Board of the California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO), the Regional Extension Center for California. She also sits on the Board of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), and the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). She also serves on a number of Advisory Boards, including: Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), California Program on Access to Care (CPAC), and the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA).
In the past, Carmela Castellano-Garcia has served as a member of the Oral Health Access Council (OHAC), the California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA), the National Health Service Corp’s National Advisory Council, and the California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program; and on the Boards of the Public Health Institute, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and the Chicana Latina Foundation.
Among her recognitions
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.