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Howard a. Kahn

Strategic Advisor


Howard A. Kahn served for over 14 years as CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, which has more than 2 million enrolled members in Los Angeles County. He is widely recognized as an expert in government health care programs, health care disparities and the safety net. 

Howard has more than 25 years of experience in national and international health care. At CIGNA International, he was Senior VP for Latin America and Global Health, and as a VP at Aetna, he was responsible for the company’s global health business, nationwide governmental managed care and managed health operations. He was founding president and CEO of the $1 billion California Wellness Foundation and founding CEO of the Health Plan of San Mateo. He has served as Chair of the California Association of Health Plans, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), and is a former member of the Prop 63 Commission and past board member of Cal eConnect, a nonprofit organization founded to develop and support health information exchange policies and services in California.  

Most recently, Howard was the interim CEO of Union Station Homeless Services, a leading  non-profit homeless services agency.  Currently, Howard serves as a board member with Charles Drew University School of Medicine,  RAND Health , Good Hope Medical Foundation, Operation Walk, and the  Insure the Uninsured Project, a nonprofit organization focused on identifying new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California’s uninsured. 

Howard pursued undergraduate studies at Harvard, received his Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from UC Berkeley and his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.