Dr. Faustino Bernadett Civic/Public Service

University of California, San Francisco

Board Overseers

Smithsonian Latino Center

Former National Latino Board Member

Molina Foundation

Vice President

Previous Los Angeles County Commissioner of Hospitals & Health Care Services

Advises the Director of Health Services and the Board of Supervisors on all matters pertaining to patient care policies and programs of the Los Angeles County hospital system.

University of California,University of California, San Francisco

Prime Commission

Catholic Education Foundation

Founding Member of Hispanic Advisory Board

Long Beach Aquarium

Trustee

St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach

Foundation Board

Dr. Martha Bernadett

 

Civic/Public Service

Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett is a family physician and member of the founding family of Molina Healthcare, which for a time was the largest Hispanic-owned business in the U.S. She currently serves as chief executive officer and board chair of The Molina Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity and operating foundation.

 

Martha has traveled many paths as her career evolved from direct patient care as a family physician in a rural town with "three stop lights and no Starbucks" to leading research, innovation, and digital transformation at a Fortune 500 health plan. Throughout her career she has focused on providing access to care to underserved or marginalized populations. She says she has enjoyed serving individuals and families directly as a family physician, indirectly by establishing policy and overseeing systems of care as a Medicaid health plan executive, and in the nonprofit sector addressing some of the root problems that lead to health disparities, namely access to education and healthcare.  She has developed pragmatic solutions for complex problems faced by diverse health systems as a consultant for health plans, hospitals and municipalities across the nation.

 

Recently, she loaned her father’s medical bag and stethoscope to the Smithsonian, where it will be on display at the Molina Family Latino Gallery. Martha and her siblings funded the gallery which will be the home of the National Museum of the American Latino until the rest of the national museum is built.  

 

Martha says that many people, including her husband, Faustino (Tino) Bernadett, and parents, the late C. David and Mary Molina, have been influential in her success. Her parents taught her to value hard work, education, humility, and selflessness. She says Pepperdine Dean Otis Baskin, and professors Wayne Strom, Dave Hitchin, and Kurt Motamedi were particularly instrumental in her growth as a leader. At Pepperdine Graziadio she learned about family business transition from one generation to the next, how to focus on results and developing others, and the importance of taking a long-term strategic view that is guided by listening, observation, and data.

 

 

Additional Board Service

 

Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett has served on the board of directors of Molina Healthcare of California, the Saban Community Clinic, as well as the California Health Manpower Commission, the California Association of Family Physicians Foundation Legislative Affairs Committee, California Healthcare Interpreting Association, and chaired the Large Medical Group section of the California Medical Society.

 

Beyond her leadership of The Molina Foundation, she currently serves as a trustee and Liaison to Cooperative Extension, and past chair of the Board Governance Committee, of the National 4-H Council.  The National 4-H Council supports Coopertive Extension, a network of over 3,000 professional educators and over 500,000 volunteers, in administering 4-H, serving over 6 million youth each year.

 

Dr. Molina Bernadett currently serves as the board chair of First Book, a national non-profit organization that works with publishers to distribute low cost or no-cost new books and other supplies to support literacy and education of children.  First Book has distributed over 100 million new books through its network of over 500,000 educators serving Title I or low-income children and families.  First Book is also a source of timely front-line information from those serving families in or around Title I schools through its Research and Insights surveying program.