Ex-Legis Analyst named to health nonprofit board

The California HealthCare Foundation has picked Elizabeth Hill, California’s former Legislative Analyst, to serve a three-year term on its board of directors.

The Oakland-based foundation is a nonprofit grant-making philanthropy. Founded in 1996, its staff of about 50 people issues around $40 million in grants each year from an endowment of about $700 million with the goals of improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for Californians with chronic disease; reducing barriers to efficient, affordable health care for the underserved; promoting greater transparency and accountability in California’s health care system; and supporting the implementation of health reform and advancing the effectiveness of California’s public coverage programs. The foundation does no lobbying or fundraising.

Elizabeth Hill in 2008 (AP Photo)Hill, 61, of Sacramento, for 22 years led the Legislative Analyst’s Office, which provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis to the Legislature including reviews of the governor’s annual budget, advice to lawmakers on policy issues and preparing impartial analyses for all ballot measures. She retired in 2008

Foundation President and CEO Dr. Mark Smith issued a statement calling Hill “a perfect fit” for the board. “Her encyclopedic knowledge of state government, budgets, and programs, along with her understanding of health policy issues, will help guide CHCF to make the most effective use of its resources to help improve quality, boost efficiency, and lower the cost of health care in California.”

Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s of public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. After a Fulbright Scholarship to study transportation policy in Sweden, she began her career at the LAO in 1976 as one of the few female analysts at that time; a decade later, she was the boss. Her voter registration shows she has declined to state a party affiliation.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.