Mar Vista resident Louise McCarthy, president and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), has joined the L.A. Care Health Plan Board of Governors.

McCarthy will serve until late 2014 on the 13-member stakeholder board, which includes representatives of community clinics, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, doctors, members, advocates, and the county of Los Angeles. The L.A. Care Health Plan is considered the nation’s largest public health plan.

McCarthy represents the free and community clinics throughout the county on the board.

“I am committed to working with my fellow board members to further L.A. Care’s vision of a healthy community in which all have access to the health care they need,” says McCarthy. “This includes supporting and strengthening L.A.’s nonprofit community clinics and health centers, which need support now more than ever to make the promise of health care reform a reality for L.A.’s underserved.”

McCarthy joined CCALAC as vice president of Governmental Affairs in 2007 and two years later became interim co-CEO. She previously was the assistant director of policy for the California Primary Care Association, where she worked on statewide legislative, regulatory and administrative issues impacting California’s community clinics and health centers.

McCarthy is a board and committee member of the California Primary Care Association and the California Family Health Council. She is also an active member of L.A. Health Action, Children’s Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles, and L.A. School Health Centers Coalition.