Sherry M. Hirota – Board Chair

Chief Executive Officer – Asian Health Services

sherry-m-hirota          SHERRY M. HIROTA is Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that aims to serve and advocate for the Asian community regarding its health rights, and to assure access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture. She serves on the Board’s Community Engagement and Finance & Budget committees. As CEO of Asian Health Services for more than 30 years, she has developed the organization from a staff of nine and a budget of $100,000 to a model, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual primary care clinic with a staff of 165 and an annual budget of $18 million. She successfully opened three new medical and dental facilities, including a 30,000-square-foot medical center through acquisition, financing, and reconstruction of prime property in Oakland’s Chinatown. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chez Panisse Foundation and is Health Chair of the Dellums Commission: Expanded Pathways of Young Men of Color. She is an Emerita Board Member of The California Endowment, the health-care foundation in California established by the conversion of Blue Cross of California into a for-profit company and she has served on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Ballet. She has won many awards and commendations and has published research on health care issues.