Chief Health Equity Officer, California Department of Health Care Services
Serving Since 2019
Service List: Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Steering Committee / Health Information Research Oversight Committee
Pamela Riley, MD, MPH, serves as Chief Health Equity Officer and Assistant Deputy Director for Quality and Population Health Management for the California Department of Health Care Services (Medi-Cal). Dr. Riley most recently served as Medical Director at the Department of Health Care Finance in Washington, DC, the District of Columbia’s State Medicaid agency, providing clinical leadership and strategic policy direction for DC’s Medicaid, CHIP and undocumented immigrant coverage programs. She previously served as Vice President for Delivery System Reform at The Commonwealth Fund in New York, NY, leading initiatives to advance delivery system and payment reform in Medicaid, address social needs in health care delivery, and support leadership development programs for health care leaders of color. Dr. Riley began her career as clinical instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, practicing as a general pediatrician and serving as Associate Medical Director for Pediatrics at the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, CA.
Dr. Riley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley; Doctor of Medicine from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles; and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She received a Master of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy.