Toby Douglas is director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Home to the state’s Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal, DHCS administers programs to support the vital health care needs of more than 7.5 million Californians annually. DHCS employs 3,000 staff and manages expenditures of more than $42 billion in public funds. Toby had been chief deputy director since 2009 and held leadership positions in the department since 2005.
From 2001 to 2005, Douglas was a senior manager of activities related to health access, policy and planning at the San Mateo County Health Department. Before that, Toby was a research associate at the Urban Institute, a non-partisan, social policy research organization in Washington, D.C., and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.
Toby graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also earned master’s degrees in public health and public policy from Cal.