About Director Jennifer Kent
Governor Brown appointed Jennifer Kent as director of the California Department of Health Care Services on Jan. 26, 2015. Director Kent oversees a staff of almost 4,000 individuals at DHCS, which is responsible for the operation of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The department manages the spending of more than $100 billion annually in public funds that support the health of about 13.5 million Californians.
Kent had served as executive director of Local Health Plans of California since September 2013. Prior to that, she was principal with Health Management Associates Inc., from 2011 through 2013, where she advised clients on issues of health care reform. Her previous California government service included leadership roles in legislative, intergovernmental, financial and health policy areas with the Office of the Governor, the Health and Human Services Agency, and at DHCS.
Kent earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government/History at Saint Mary’s College of California, and received a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.