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Sandra Shewry, MPH, MSW

Interim Director

Sandra Shewry serves as the Interim director of the California Department of Public Health, since August 17, 2020. She previously served in a variety of senior leadership roles within state government – serving as Assistant Secretary at the Health and Welfare Agency, the Executive Director of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, and as Director of the Departments of Health and Health Care Services.
Just prior to returning to public service, Shewry was vice president at the California Health Care Foundation overseeing the health policy, communications, digital publishing, government relations, and audience engagement functions.
Shewry was president and CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit organization working to remove policy barriers to the integration of telehealth technologies into California’s health care system.
Sandra received bachelor’s degrees in community studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master’s degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.



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