Our Team

Catalyst Program Support

Barbara Masters | Initiative Director

Barbara Masters brings more than 30 years of experience in health policy, working in philanthropy and local government to her work with CACHI. During her most recent tenure at The California Endowment, she led efforts to develop policy change strategies as well as effective methods to evaluate policy change activities. She previously served as vice president of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) and directed intergovernmental relations for the Los Angeles County Department of Health. She began her career in health policy as a legislative assistant for Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA). She holds a BA with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Laura Hogan | Initiative Management Team

Laura Hogan works with nonprofit and philanthropy organizations to improve the health and well-being of communities. Her skills and experience include strategy, planning and oversight of philanthropy initiatives, evaluation planning and policy development. Previous to consulting, Ms. Hogan held the position of Vice President of Program for The California Endowment. Her tenure with The Endowment (1999-2009) included oversight of grant making as well as developing philanthropy initiatives such as the Community Clinic Initiative, a ten year $120 million partnership between The California Endowment and Tides. Prior to 1999, Laura worked as Executive Director for CommuniCare Health Centers a community health center providing 60,000 health/dental/vision/behavioral health visits and 35,000 health education and outreach visits through six locations. The staff included physicians, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, mental health therapists and 200 volunteers.

Pat Powers | Initiative Management Team

Patricia E. Powers is a nationally known leader with more than 25 years of experience in the health and health care sectors. Her work focuses on strategic planning, public policy, program development, applied research, and business development. She served as the innovation director for the California Health and Human Services Agency and directed the state-led Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, both of which led to CACHI. Previously, Pat managed the start-up of the California Health Benefit Exchange, now Covered California, as well as successfully led several nonprofit organizations, including a nonprofit focused on civic engagement on complex health policy issues, a business health coalition, and organizations focused on the social determinants of health and telehealth policy. Ms. Powers received a master of public administration degree from Columbia University in New York. She was a Presidential Management Intern and worked in Washington, DC, for five years following her graduate studies.

Amanda Charles | Initiative Senior Program Manager

Amanda provides program management and logistical oversight for several of Community Partners’ strategic initiatives focusing on peer learning and knowledge sharing. Her background includes extensive catering and event management experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as work as a freelance graphic designer. During her tenure with Community Partners, Amanda has conceived, planned, budgeted, and executed more than 30 large-scale, multi-day events. These have included; a series of 19 community listening sessions and 8 advisory working group meetings for Community Partners’ work with the Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management; multiple annual conferences for The California Wellness Foundation; leadership training seminars for The Annenberg Foundation; as well as other peer learning convenings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication design from Carnegie Mellon University and a certificate in event management from The George Washington University.

Nadine Levyfield | Initiative Senior Program Assistant

Nadine Levyfield is a Senior Program Assistant at Community Partners. She brings over eight years of experience advancing programs and communications in advocacy, capacity building, and healthcare organizations in Washington, DC; New York, and Los Angeles. Most recently Nadine worked in communications strategy at LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy), a policy and community organizing nonprofit. Nadine studied Media Studies at UC Berkeley and is completing her Master’s in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College.

Accelerator Program Support

Sue Grinnell | Accelerator Communities Lead

Sue Grinnell currently serves as the Director of Business Strategy and Technology at the Public Health Institute and oversees the Population Health Innovation Lab. Prior to her work at the Public Health Institute she was the Special Assistant, Health Transformation and Innovation at the Washington State Department of Health, serving as primary lead on health systems transformation and innovation. Additional roles at the WA DOH; Healthy Communities Office Director, State Chronic Disease Director and Maternal and Child Health Director. Prior to her role as Office Director, she served as the Director for the Cowlitz County Health Department in Longview Washington. Sue holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Leadership and Practice from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Oregon State University.