Santa Rosa, CA – January 9, 2020 – The Sonoma County Board of
Supervisors will consider the appointment of current Department of Health
Services (DHS) Director Barbie Robinson to serve as interim Executive Director
of the Community Development Commission (CDC) at its upcoming board meeting on
January 14, 2020.
Robinson would be replacing the
former CDC Executive Director, Geoffrey Ross who resigned on January 9, 2020.
If appointed, Robinson will continue her regular duties as DHS Director and
lead the work of CDC.
“The County and our Board of
Supervisors is confident in Ms. Robinson’s ability to lead both DHS and the CDC
for the current period,” said Board Chair Susan Gorin. “Based on her leadership
of DHS, we believe that Ms. Robinson has the management, leadership skills, and
integrity to effectively lead the CDC.”
The Board based its
consideration of Robinson to lead the CDC by recognizing how integral housing
is to one’s health and how both agencies serve the same community. Ms. Robinson
has been instrumental in leading the County’s ACCESS Initiative (Accessing
Coordinated Care to Enable Self-Sufficiency).
This Initiative is designed to
help vulnerable populations receive better coordinated care leading to improved
and sustainable outcomes for health and well-being, while reducing administrative
redundancies across the safety net departments who share this population. The
ACCESS Initiative accomplishes this by identifying the most vulnerable
residents in the community—those experiencing homelessness and housing
insecurity, behavioral health and substance use issues, ongoing unemployment,
and who may also intersect with the criminal justice system. This effort unites
the work of the County’s safety net departments which is made up of Health
Services, Human Services, Community Development Commission, Probation, District
Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff’s Office, Department of Child Support
Services, and criminal justice partners.
Robinson has been with the
County since 2016 first as Assistant Director of DHS and then appointed by the
Board as Director in February 2017. As the Director of Health Services,
Robinson supports community efforts to address health disparities. Through her
leadership the Department focuses its efforts on community health improvement
and health equity that mobilizes community partnerships and resources to focus
on key factors that influence health, including health system effectiveness,
and ensuring the community has a healthy infrastructure which factors into the
social determinants of health.
Robinson brings with her over
27 years of experience in the fields of health care administration, policy, and
research. Before DHS, Robinson worked at the Federal level at the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 15 years overseeing the administration
of Federal healthcare programs including Medicaid, the Children’s Health
Insurance Program, and the Medicare Fee-for-Service program.
“I am honored the Board has
considered me to lead the CDC on an interim basis. If approved, I plan to work
with the cities and community partners to develop housing solutions that
support the housing continuum to meet the needs of our community. To that end,
I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Commission,” said
If the Board of Supervisors votes to approve
Robinson for the position, she will begin work immediately.