Richard Thomason

Director, Health Care and Coverage

Richard Thomason serves as director of the Health Care and Coverage program at Blue Shield of California Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve access to care and strengthen the healthcare safety net through grantmaking, program activities, and technical assistance. Mr. Thomason joined the Foundation in 2009 as a program officer, and has managed the Foundation’s grantmaking and program work related to health reform, coverage expansion, and strengthening safety net healthcare systems. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Thomason was the policy director for SEIU - United Healthcare Workers West, where he was deeply involved in the full range of healthcare reform and healthcare system issues facing SEIU and its membership. Previously, Mr. Thomason spent eight years as professional staff to the California Assembly in roles related to health and fiscal policy. In addition to his work in the California legislature, Mr. Thomason has also worked as a community relations representative for Kaiser Permanente and as legislative staff to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

Mr. Thomason has been a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Alameda Alliance for Health Board of Governors, the California Health Care Coalition, the Berkeley Community Health Commission, and the Alameda County Public Health Advisory Commission.

Mr. Thomason has a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in domestic policy from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College.

richard.thomason@blueshieldcafoundation.org