Rachael Nava

Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer

Rachael Nava

Rachael Nava was appointed Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer, effective February 9, 2015. As COO, she oversees all aspects of operational management for the University of California system, which includes ten UC campuses, five academic medical centers and three national labs.   Her responsibilities include systemwide Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Energy and Sustainability, the UCPath Center, the Program Management Office, and all Administrative Services within the Office of the President. She is a third generation UC alumna and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.

Prior to joining UC, she worked for over 10 years at Central California Alliance for Health, a $1B public non-profit health plan delivering health care services to underserved populations. As their Chief Operating Officer, she was responsible for ensuring that the managed care plan delivered innovative and high quality solutions in a complex delivery system. 

Nava has significant experience in the public sector working with government entities, lawmakers and the community and has spent most of her career working with underserved communities. Prior to joining the Alliance, she directed the Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County program designed to provide health insurance to all of the uninsured children in the county. From 2000 to 2004, Nava was the Associate Executive Director of Dientes Community Dental Care, a federally qualified health clinic. From 1997 to 2000, she worked in the biotechnology sector in the area of cancer and AIDS research.