Mayra E. Alvarez is President of The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization committed to giving every child, no matter their background, the resources and opportunities they need for a bright future.. Under her leadership, TCP is building strong community partnerships, conducting forward-looking research, and advancing informed policy that betters the health and well-being of underserved children in California. She combines her decade of experience in health care policy and community outreach with her personal conviction that every child and family should have the opportunity and resources to pursue their dreams.
Mayra came to TCP after a several-year set of assignments at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She was most recently the Director of the State Exchange Group for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the US Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Mayra led a team responsible for supporting states in the establishment of Health Insurance Marketplaces, including State-Based Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, and Federally Facilitated Marketplaces.
Prior to this, Mayra served as the Associate Director for the HHS Office of Minority Health, where she led the coordination of OMH’s work related to the Affordable Care Act, community health workers, and language access, as well as serving as the Project Director of OMH’s Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competency in Health Care. Previously, Mayra served as Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at HHS where she had primary oversight responsibility for coordinated and timely implementation of the public health, prevention, and health care workforce policy provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining the Administration, Mayra served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), then-Majority Whip of the US Senate, where she advised the Senator and helped develop his legislative agenda on health issues. Prior to working in the office of Senator Durbin, she served as a Legislative Assistant for then-Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, the chair of the Health Task Force for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Mayra began her professional career as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama. She completed her graduate education at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley.
She has served as an accomplished bilingual spokesperson on the Affordable Care Act and other health issues for national and regional broadcast, print, and online media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, National Public Radio, Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, and various state and local outlets. In 2014, Huffington Post named her one of “40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics.”
Currently, Mayra serves on the board of Social Interest Solutions and is actively involved with the Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Michigan.
She is originally from El Cajon, CA, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband.