Rachelle Reyes Wenger is the Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy for Dignity Health. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is one of the largest, private, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. Dignity Health’s mission is to deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor, vulnerable and underserved.
Ms. Wenger has been with Dignity Health since 1996. Based in Pasadena, she is primarily responsible for advancing the organization’s Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities, mobilizing grassroots advocacy efforts, developing community partnerships, advocating at the local, state, national, and international arenas. Ms. Wenger manages policy issues core to Dignity Health’s commitment to its foundational priorities focused on social and environmental determinants of health. Her portfolio includes housing and homelessness, immigration, nutrition/hunger, economic equity/poverty, safer chemicals, and the environment.
Through strong collaborations and speaking platforms, Ms. Wenger has worked to successfully provide the healthcare voice in support of landmark legislation and strategic initiatives while inspiring community and industry engagement to lift up their voices in solidarity on common ground issues. Ms. Wenger has been quoted in various publications and has authored articles for a trade journal. She serves on various hospital and community boards and councils, including Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Housing California, Network Advocacy and Network Lobby, and The Root Cause Coalition. As Dignity Health is a member, she also participates in the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign.
As an immigrant from the Philippines, Ms. Wenger’s growing perspective of “home” and values steeped in the community drive her to work for justice and enliven care.
Ms. Wenger received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. She is an alumna of the Southern California Leadership Network.