Chief Deputy Director of Policy and Programs
Claudia Crist, RN
Claudia Crist, RN has been the chief deputy director of policy and programs for the California Department of Public Health since June 22, 2015. Prior to that, Crist was deputy director of health care delivery systems at the California Department of Health Care Services since January 2015. She held several positions at Sutter Health from 2000 to 2014, including assistant administrator, revenue cycle process leader, regional director of training and development, system director of clinical auditing, manager of clinical auditing and senior internal auditor.
Crist was a multicultural health and healthcare delivery systems lecturer at California State University, Chico from 2013 to 2014, a charge nurse at Mercy General Hospital from 1999 to 2000 and a staff registered nurse at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1999 to 2000. She was a charge nurse at Southern Inyo Hospital from 1998 to 2000 and a staff registered nurse at Lancaster Community Hospital from 1997 to 1998, where she was a clinical laboratory assistant from 1993 to 1997.
She earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy. Crist received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University and an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from College of the Canyons. She served as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings from 1997-2000, and as a Physician Assistant in Miesbach, Germany.
Crist is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the California Association of Healthcare Leaders. She is passionate about health promotion and quality and safety in healthcare delivery services. Crist was the Woman of the Year in 2011 for the Greater Sacramento chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.