Co-Director, Joint Venture Health Program

Dr. Li received her undergraduate degree from New York University, her Master in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California—Berkeley, and her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, University of California—Berkeley.

Dr. Li co-founded Joint Venture Health with Dr. Shortell in August 2013. She brings a unique combination of health services administration, advocacy and leadership experience to advance its mission. As Chief Administrative Officer of St. Luke’s, she directed this 100-year-old San Francisco medical institution with a 229-bed hospital and an emergency room serving more than 25,000 patients annually. She restructured its day-to-day operations, reformed medical leadership, reduced operating losses by 30% in two years, and secured St. Luke’s long-term future as a part of Sutter CPMC.

Most recently, serving as the Region Vice-President for Sutter West Bay, she led their public affairs, communication and community health innovation efforts. In this role, she mounted a successful five-year extensive campaign to garner community support and regulatory approvals for a $2.7 billion program. Its goal is to rebuild Sutter’s four hospitals into a modern health-care delivery system for nearly 30% of San Francisco’s patients.

Dr. Li also created new community health programs. These programs have significantly improved the health outcomes of pediatric asthma and diabetic patients by utilizing community health workers in primary care settings, created health career ladders for unlicensed individuals from underserved communities, and significantly expanded access to high quality care for uninsured and under-insured patients.

Before entering health services administration, Dr. Li was the Director of Business Development at SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, and served as legislative aide to U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington D.C.

Dr. Li is a native of Canton, China, but has adopted San Francisco as home where she lives with her husband and two young children. She serves on the Board of the San Francisco Food Bank.