January 22, 2018
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy
Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) endorsed Eleni Kounalakis’ 2018 bid to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor.
“The California Medical Association is proud to support Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor,” said CMA President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. “Today’s political environment demands leaders focused on pragmatic solutions to improve quality access to health care, address our looming physician shortage crisis and champion public health initiatives. We believe Eleni has the passion, temperament and experience to best represent California’s citizens and interests.”
“I am so honored to receive the endorsement of the California Medical Association,” said Kounalakis. “Physicians are critical stakeholders in ensuring that we achieve affordable and accessible health care for all. As Lt. Governor, I will fight for universal health care, and I look forward to working with the California Medical Association and stakeholders to achieve health care access for all.”
Kounalakis is a businesswoman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary in 2010. She is a lifelong Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention; she has also worked as an advocate for early childhood education as a member of California's First 5 Commission and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.
She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commission. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she grew up. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco, where they are raising their two teenage sons.
For more information on Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor, please visit www.eleniforca.com.
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