Sandra Perez

Sandra Perez

Program Director


In July 2016, Sandra Perez became the director of the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC), an applied policy research center hosted at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Created at the behest of the California State Legislature, CPAC serves as a critical link between the expertise of the University of California faculty and policy makers in Sacramento to support effective public policymaking to improve health care access for the state’s most vulnerable populations.

Sandra has decades of experience working in and around the State Capitol. Most recently she was a principal consultant at the California State Senate Office of Research working on health policy to provide non-partisan research all 40 Senators, their staffs and committees. She was also staff to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and Assemblyman Phil Isenberg. She was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to be the director of the Office of the Patient Advocate when he was developing his health reform plan. As a pre-med student, Sandra was also a health educator for farmworker families in the Delta.

Her work in higher education includes directing the nationally-renowned California Capitol Fellows Executive and Judicial Fellowship Programs at the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Nutrition from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Program, the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.; Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sacramento; and the Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, California.

As the director of CPAC, Sandra sees herself as a conduit between the Legislature and UC researchers working to address the health care needs of vulnerable Californians. She will provide timely and relevant research from the UC to the Legislature by hosting briefings and roundtables in the Capitol and is amenable to bringing Sacramento’s public policy experts to the School of Public Health.