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Ann Wasson

Position: Director of Community Engagement Director, Peninsula Health Care District

Ann has more than 25 years of experience in program development, fostering partnerships, community engagement, and cultivating collaborative advocacy in Los Angeles and Monterey County.  She was the Public Affairs Officer for the LA County Medical Association, a Director of the Violence Intervention Program at LAC+ USC Medical Center, the Director of Fiscal Sponsorship Programs and Grants Administration for the Action Council of Monterey County, and the Founder/Director of “Blue Crew,” a service-learning program to address climate change through youth voice and leadership.

Ann has made civic engagement and service to her community a priority.  She has served on the Boards of Young & Healthy, National Charity League and Junior League of Pasadena, Carmel River Elementary School Site Council, and Action Council of Monterey County, and in leadership positions for such organizations as Women in Public Affairs, Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, California Service-Learning Leadership Institute, Monterey Bay Christ Child Society and Carmel Unified School District Social and Emotional Learning Team.

In her role as PHCD’s Community Engagement Director, Ann monitors health priorities and disparities, proposes and evaluates program ideas, administers the community health investment budget, manages the PHCD Community Grants and Special Funding Initiatives, establishes and carries out the community education program, and represents PHCD on committees such as Health Plan of San Mateo Children’s Initiative Oversight Committee, HepB Free Planning Group, the Sand Hill Foundation, and the Healthy San Mateo Collaborative.

Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology / Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Los Angeles, graduating Magna cum laude both times while swimming for the NCAA Division II Intercollegiate Swim Team. She also holds a Service-Learning Certification from the California Department of Education.