B. Kathlyn Mead
COO, The California Endowment (2011 speaker)
An established leader within the health care industry, Kathlyn has also served as vice president of the CalPERS sector for Blue Shield of California and as CEO for Sharp Health Plan from 1996 to 2005. While at Sharp Health Plan she developed and implemented the highly successful FOCUS program, a subsidized premium insurance product designed to expand access to affordable, quality health coverage for employees of small businesses. She was also Vice President of Managed Care at Children’s Hospital San Diego, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of contracting, marketing and physician relations. In addition, Kathlyn has served as the director of Operations for MetLife Healthcare Network, and manager of Provider Networks for Blue Cross of California.
Her outstanding commitment to community service has been recognized by San Diego’s KGTV-10 News which awarded her the Organizational Leadership Award. Kathlyn is also the recipient of the Twin Award from the YWCA of San Diego. She currently serves as a board member of the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) and on the Board of Trustees for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego.