Vanessa M. Benavides is senior vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. In this role, she is responsible for planning, oversight and coordination of activities to drive effective compliance with regulatory requirements and Kaiser Permanente policies. In collaboration with leadership across the organization, she leads the development of strategies to embed compliance and ethics into the core design and operations of the organization, and to foster a work environment where employees and physicians do the right thing to protect our members, patients and the communities we serve.
Benavides joined Kaiser Permanente in November 2015 and is a member of the national executive team, reporting directly to Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer, as well as the Audit and Compliance Committee of the board of directors.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Benavides was chief compliance officer for Tenet Healthcare, where she managed ethics and compliance programs across all Tenet-owned entities, including acute-care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient centers, physician practices, commercial and government health plans, and Conifer Health Solutions, Tenet’s health management services subsidiary. She also served as senior regulatory counsel during her 10-year tenure.
Before joining Tenet, she served as legal counsel for Caremark Rx, a pharmacy benefit management company, and was in private practice with the law firm Locke Lord, LLP, where she specialized in health care, employee benefits and corporate law.
Benavides holds a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as articles editor for the Iowa Law Review, and a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University. Benavides serves on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign and is the co-chair of the board. In 2012, the Dallas Business Journal named her a Top 40 Under 40 honoree, and in 2014 recognized her as a Top Minority Business Leader.
Benavides is a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2013 and is an active participant in the Health Care Compliance Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.