Rachelle Reyes Wenger
Health Care Committee Co-Chair
Director of Public Policy & Community Advocacy of Dignity Health
Rachelle Reyes Wenger is the Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy for Dignity Health. Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, is a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 59,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Dignity Health is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. Ms. Wenger has been with Dignity Health since 1996. She is primarily responsible for advancing the organization’s Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities, mobilizing grassroots advocacy efforts and developing partnerships in the community. Among many policy priorities, she manages environmental and sustainability issues, including climate change, energy, water, and toxic chemicals; as well as social justice issues, including immigration reform, human trafficking, and homelessness. Ms. Wenger has developed strong collaborations and partnerships at the local, state, national, and international arenas to seek and build common ground in support of health care system transformation and healthy communities. She has testified before the California State Legislature and has worked with the White House Administration and Members of Congress on climate issues. She has presented in numerous venues, including CleanMed, quoted in various media outlets, and recently published an article on Environmental Advocacy for Health Progress, the Catholic Health Association’s trade journal. Furthering Dignity Health’s sustainability commitments, Ms. Wenger actively supports Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) and Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH), is a member of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Climate Advisory Council, and co-chairs the policy committee of the BizNGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals. She is actively engaged in Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of Ceres. Ms. Wenger serves as a member of Mercy Housing’s Southern California Advisory Group and supports United Way’s Home for Good Campaign.
She serves as member of Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s Board of Director. Before joining the organization, she was the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention at SIPA, a community-based social service agency in Los Angeles. And prior, she worked at WestBay Multi-Services Corporation, where she was one of the pioneer HIV/AIDS educators in San Francisco. Ms. Wenger received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a master degree with distinction in Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge. Above all, she enjoys life with David, two amazing children, Keana Sky and Tristan Blue, and a five year old huggable German Shepherd named Luna.