It is the mission of Government Relations at UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) to increase awareness, understanding and support for the health sciences at UCLA among elected officials, members of their staff, and within key agencies.
The UCLA Health Government Relations team works with local, state, and federal policymakers to advocate on behalf of UCLA Health, including the UCLA Hospital System, Faculty Practice Group, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We cultivate and maintain relationships with elected, agency, and administration officials to support our mission of delivering leading-edge patient care, research and education.
Executive Director of Government Relations
Issues include: On federal appropriations, legislation, and regulations, Medicare & Medicaid Policy, Precision Health, and Military Medicine.
Mike joined UCLA Health as Executive Director of Government Relations in 2016. He manages a portfolio that includes hospital regulation, patient care, graduate medical education, and medical research. From 1999-2010 Mike worked as an Assistant Director in the UCLA campus office of Government & Community Relations, handling state budget issues, bond measures, and priority legislation.
Between stints at UCLA, Mike worked as Associate Director of Government Relations at UCSF, and as Director of Policy for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, where he led successful comprehensive reviews and reenactments of the City’s Campaign Finance and Governmental Ethics Ordinances.
In addition to his public service, Mike is a veteran of political campaigns at all levels of government. He has worked on ballot measures and has advised candidates seeking a range of elected offices from city council to governor to president. Mike has a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and a JD from Loyola Law School. He lives in Culver City with his wife Katherine and their two children.
Associate Director Government Relations
Issues include: State and local related issues, primary care and homelessness.
Jazmin joined UCLA Health as Associate Director of Government Relations in 2019. In her currently role, she works closely with state and local elected officials to advance the health systems legislative agenda.
Prior to joining UCLA Health, Jazmin worked at AltaMed Health Services, one of the largest Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the nation, as a Policy Analyst and as the Manager of Legislative and Advocacy Affairs. During her tenure with AltaMed she worked closely with local, state, and federal elected officials to increase access to quality healthcare to underserved communities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Jazmin has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/ International Affairs in 2012 from the University of California, Riverside and her Master in Social Work in 2014 from the University of Southern California, where she concentrated in Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration.