Linnea brings many years’ experience working on different aspects
of the Medi-Cal program and has particular expertise in
behavioral health. Immediately prior to coming to LHPC, Linnea
was a Senior Policy Analyst for the County Behavioral Health
Directors Association (CBHDA) where she served as the
organization’s expert on California’s Section 1915(b) waiver,
Section 1115 waiver programs, and the intersection of criminal
justice and mental health. She provided successful advocacy on
behalf of CBDHA members on state policy, legislative, and budget
issues. Linnea also previously worked on health care reform
implementation for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental
Health. She started her career working in housing and
homelessness in Santa Barbara.
Linnea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College and
a Master of Social Welfare from UCLA.
Ms. Barnett joined Local Health Plans of California in 2014. She
has several years’ experience in business operations,
particularly with non-profit organizations. Ms. Barnett is
responsible for daily operations, Board of Directors
administration, financial audits, and making sure there is always
enough La Croix in the breakroom.
Outside of LHPC, Ms. Barnett is a Girl Scout Service Unit
Treasurer, Troop Leader, and a Girl Scout Silver Awardee.
Mrs. Lopez joined Local Health Plans of California in October
2021. She has a longstanding background in the public sector and
the Medi-Cal program. During Jennifer’s time as Chief of the
Capitated Rates Development Division at the California Department
of Health Care Services, she acquired a deep knowledge base in
Medi-Cal managed care financing and rate development.
Amber brings valuable experience to LHPC, having served in a
number of member education, marketing, communications and program
management roles throughout her career. Most recently, Amber was
the Education Program Manager for the California Hospital
Association (CHA) where she worked with a talented team
developing and implementing the association’s robust member
education program. Immediately prior, she was CHA’s Member
Communications Editor. She was also Program & Operations Manager
for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, and the
Marketing & Research Associate for Caldwell Legal, USA.
Amber earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
the University of Oklahoma.