CMA legal counsel to lead primary care association as new President and CEO

February 10, 2022

The California Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that legal counsel Francisco J. Silva, Esq., will become the California Primary Care Association’s (CPCA) new President and CEO, starting March 28, 2022.

CPCA represents 1,370 non-for-profit community health centers and regional clinic associations across the state that provide care to more than 7.2 million patients each year. Community health centers are committed to providing comprehensive, high quality health care in a compassionate and culturally sensitive manner.

“On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Francisco for his tireless service, passion and dedication to California’s physicians,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “We know that he will continue to be a tremendous leader in health care and CPCA is fortunate to have him. The entire team at CMA celebrates this incredible opportunity and honor for Francisco.”

Silva’s tenure at CMA spanned 17 years, while most recently serving as general counsel and senior vice president of legal affairs, economic services and health policy.

In this role, he provided strategic counsel to the executive team, Board of Trustees and affiliated companies, as well as spearheaded CMA’s litigation, legal and regulatory advocacy efforts. He was instrumental in helping CMA navigate the politics and policy of complex health care issues before federal and state regulators to drive the public interest mission of the association and its physician members. He also helped establish and directed the organization’s first Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

Silva is a graduate of Santa Clara University, UCLA School of Law, and USC Marshall School of Business and holds both a JD (Juris Doctor in Law) and an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration). Prior to joining CMA, Silva served as the Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs for the California Apartment Association and a litigation attorney at Heller Ehrman, LLP, in San Francisco and at the office of Downey Brand, LLP, in Sacramento.

View CPCA’s press release here.



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