Portrait of Apana


Program Operations Manager

Apana (she/her) is the program operations manager for Blue Shield of California Foundation. She provides oversight for the operational quality, productivity, and efficiency for the Program team and is responsible for enhancing programmatic processes.

Apana joined the Foundation in 2005 after many years working in the private sector in executive-level administrative and management positions, including operations manager and vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Apana was a senior administrative assistant/office manager and supported senior-level program staff at The California Endowment.

Apana is a graduate of the Nuiakea Hawaiian Cultural Distance Learning Program administered by the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Center, University of Hawai’i, Hilo. Among her many interests and activities, she is a volunteer and member of the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center where she holds various positions, including development director, theatre production manager, and project coordinator. Apana is a cultural practitioner and currently studies the art of hula, lei making, Hawaiian music, and Hawaiian language as an active member of the cultural center. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and has raised money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation by participating in the AIDS marathon and AIDS LifeCycle. Apana is a proud San Francisco native and continues to live in the city with her fur babies.

Email: apana [at] blueshieldcafoundation.org

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