Rena B. David has been named the Chief Operations and Chief Financial Officer of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), the Oakland-based nonprofit organization that serves as the research and educational arm of the California workers’ compensation industry.
Ms. David joins CWCI after having served as a consultant and manager with more than 25 years of experience in finance, data systems development, product development, workers’ compensation and group health pricing, health services research and hospital operations. The majority of her experience has been at Kaiser Permanente where she managed high-level consultants and programmers supporting a variety of data coordination/development, budgeting, pricing model development and medical risk assessment projects. In the mid-1990s, she was project lead for the implementation of Kaiser’s 24-hour care product combining group health and workers’ compensation medical care in Sacramento and San Diego. She also played a key role in developing and evaluating the performance of the Kaiser Permanente/State Fund Alliance Initiative. From 2006 to 2008, she managed the California Healthcare Foundation’s “In Search of Affordability Initiative,” which included consulting on the development of a 24-hour coverage carve-out model.
A graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology, Ms. David also holds master’s degrees in business administration and public health from U.C. Berkeley. In her new position, she will be responsible for CWCI’s accounting and budgeting functions, oversee the Institute’s general administration, human resources, facilities and systems, and provide support and expertise to the Research Department on designated research projects. Commenting on Ms. David’s appointment, CWCI president Alex Swedlow said “We’re very pleased to have Rena join the Institute staff. She is a great addition to our professional team, and her technical qualifications and familiarity with key industry issues will provide CWCI with thoughtful leadership and expertise.”