Tony Barrueta is senior vice president of Government Relations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in Oakland, California. He oversees Kaiser Permanente’s legislative and regulatory policy efforts, leading a team of legislative advocates and policy professionals in Oakland, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He directs development of Kaiser Permanente’s public policy positions in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the organization to ensure that Kaiser Permanente maintains a common voice in support of the organization, its members and the communities it serves.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1994, Barrueta was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of health plans, pharmacy benefit management companies and health-related trade associations.
A native of Washington, Barrueta received a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He serves as board chair for the Public Health Institute, is a member of the boards of directors of the Alliance of Community Health Plans and California Latino Economic Institute, and serves on the Statewide Leadership Council for the Public Policy Institute of California.