Policy and Finance Innovation

Oct. 23 – 24
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Tam Ma, JD

Associate Vice President for Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs
University of California Health

Ma is associate vice president for health policy and regulatory affairs at University of California Health, the nation’s largest public academic health care system. She has spent the last two decades leading high-impact policy initiatives in California state government and with influential nonprofit organizations. In her current role, Ma leads the strategic development, advancement, and execution of UC Health’s policy and regulatory agenda.

Prior to this role, Ma served as deputy legislative affairs secretary in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, where she advanced the governor’s robust health and human services policy agenda and provided strategic guidance on the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. Previously, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Ma to serve as assistant secretary for program and fiscal affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Ma also served as legal and policy director at Health Access California, a consumer advocacy organization. Ma started her career as a California Senate Fellow and served as senior staff to state senators Mark Leno and Sheila Kuehl. She represented low-income tenants when she was an attorney at Legal Services of Northern California and has served as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley and UC Davis law schools.

Ma serves on the boards of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and the Berkeley Law Alumni Association and previously served on the boards of the Women’s Foundation of California, Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento and My Sister’s House. She holds a juris doctorate and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and received the 2021 Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by Young Alumni. 



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