Sherry supports efforts to implement Kaiser Permanente’s system to screen members for social needs and facilitate their linkage to social care via interactive networks of community-based providers. In this role she works with a broad array of communities across Kaiser Permanente’s footprint, and partners with other health plans and providers. She participates in collaboratives aimed at addressing social determinants of health.
Before this position, Sherry was Managing Director of Community Benefit Programs for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region where she oversaw the Northern Region’s community benefit portfolio, which included charitable care and coverage; partnerships with community health centers and safety net institutions; research, training and education; and investments in programs and services that address community health needs across the region’s 14-county service area.
Previously, Sherry served for ten years as Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California, where she represented California’s 58 First 5 County Children and Families Commissions. Before that, she worked for 15 years in the California Legislature, serving as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee and specializing in issues related to child and family services, early care and education, income support programs, health care for low-income individuals, disability, and long-term care. She was the chief Assembly staff negotiator of CalWORKs, California’s version of the federally-mandated welfare to work program. Throughout her career, Sherry has advocated for the rights and well-being of underserved, vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.
Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.