Jennifer Kent, MPA

Jennifer Kent was appointed as director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) by Gov. Jerry Brown in January 2015. As director, Kent oversees a staff of 3,700, which is responsible for the operation of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. DHCS manages the annual spending of more than $93 billion in public funds that support the health of more than 13.3 million Californians.

Kent is supportive of programs to expand access to palliative care services, including the Partner’s For Children (PFC) program and Senate Bill 1004.

Her previous California government service includes leadership roles in legislative, intergovernmental, financial and health policy areas with the Office of the Governor, the Health and Human Services Agency, and at DHCS. Ms. Kent earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government/History at Saint Mary’s College of California, and received a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.