Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer
RACHAEL NAVA is the University of California’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, she serves as a strategic and operational partner to UC’s 10 campuses, 5 medical centers and 3 national labs. UC is a $39.8B enterprise that serves more than 285,000 students and employs over 220,000 faculty and staff.
Ms. Nava oversees UC Operations (formerly the COO Division) at UC Office of the President, which is comprised of over 950 staff with responsibility for systemwide Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Energy and Sustainability, Operational Services, Strategy and Program Management, and all business services within the Office of the President. From November 2017 through April 2020, she also served as Chief of Staff to the President. In this role she was not only the top advisor to the President, she was responsible for all of the functions within the President’s Executive Office.
Prior to joining UC, she worked in the healthcare sector and was the Chief Operating Officer for a $1B public non-profit Medicaid health plan. She also operated federally qualified health centers as well as designed and directed a privately funded health insurance program for low income undocumented children. Early in her career, she worked in the biotechnology sector in the area of cancer and AIDS research. She is a third generation UC alumna and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.