California Healthcare Institute Appoints New Vice President - State Government Affairs

LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CHI-California Healthcare Institute today announced the appointment of Consuelo Hernandez as vice president of state government affairs. CHI is a non-profit public policy research organization for California’s biomedical R&D industry.

“Consuelo is a powerful addition to CHI and will enable us to leverage our already strong presence in Sacramento. Her familiarity with and understanding of California's Legislature, as well as her background on healthcare and the law, will prepare her well to take on the complex issues facing our industry,” said CHI President and Chief Executive Officer David Gollaher, Ph.D.

As CHI’s vice president-state government affairs, Hernandez is responsible for managing CHI's Sacramento office where she directs the organization's state government relations advocacy and outreach activities across issues including state budget and tax issues, education and workforce development, environmental regulation and healthcare reform implementation. Prior to joining CHI, Hernandez was most recently director of the Assembly Fellowship Program for California State University, Sacramento, where she supervised the Assembly Fellows and facilitated their professional development by providing support and guidance, while working closely with legislative leaders and their staff to maintain strong support of the fellowship program. Before that, she was the director of government affairs for L.A. Care Health Plan. From 1997 to 2000, she served in the California state Legislature as a legislative consultant for state Senator Deborah Ortiz, where she specialized in legislation affecting public safety, local government, health, and the judiciary. Prior to working in the Legislature, Hernandez was an attorney with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal from 1995-1997 and with Baker & Hostetler from 1994-1995. As an associate attorney at these firms, she worked in the area of labor and employment law.

Hernandez received her undergraduate degree in human development from the University of California at Davis. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School. She is admitted to practice law in California.

Hernandez has previously served as president of the board of directors of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the leadership potential of California’s high school students.

About CHI

CHI represents more than 275 leading biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical companies, and public and private academic biomedical research organizations. CHI’s mission is to advance responsible public policies that foster medical innovation and promote scientific discovery. CHI’s Web site is Follow us on Twitter @calhealthcare and Facebook.

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