Raymond Baxter, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He is a global voice for public health and heatlhcare reform. His career spans 40 years of developing, managing and evaluating large-scale public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health systems.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Baxter was Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. As a member of Kaiser’s National Executive Team, Dr. Baxter built the largest community benefit program in the United States, which received national and global acclaim for its scale and impact. Dr. Baxter organized investments in community health of over $2 billion annually, direct services for over one million low-income people a year, and the organization’s programs in health equity, diversity, environmental stewardship and disaster relief. He led Kaiser Permanente’s signature national health improvement initiatives, among them the Weight of the Nation campaign (with HBO, Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and NIH) and was a founder of the Convergence Partnership and the Partnership for a Healthier America. He also led Kaiser Permanente’s work in research and health policy: he established Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research and its national genomics research bank, and served as President of KP International. He was a founder of the KP School of Medicine.
Previously he headed the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and The Lewin Group, a noted health policy firm.
Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
He currently serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Boards of the CDC Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation. He previously served on the Global Agenda Council on Health of the World Economic Forum, the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, the Board of Grantmakers in Health and the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium for Value and Science-Driven Health Care.
In 2001 the UC Berkeley School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In 2006 he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. In 2016, the San Francisco Business Times recognized Dr. Baxter with its first Legacy Award for Corporate Philanthropy, and he received the California Primary Care Association Hero Award for his commitment to underserved communities.
Dr. Baxter is married to The Honorable Aida Alvarez, the noted journalist, public servant and business leader.