SDLA board member — Gary Rotto

Gary S. Rotto
Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Borrego Health

Gary Rotto serves as the Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Borrego Health. He is the former Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications for the Council of Community Clinics. In that role, Gary oversaw the legislative, political and strategic communications functions of the organization and its three subsidiaries.

Through the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), Gary serves as a past chair of the Consortia Policy Group, the statewide network of community clinic policy directors. He is also on the CPCA Legislative Committee, Rural Committee and the Government Operations Committee.

Gary has been a fixture in local and state politics for almost 20 years. He has served as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Governor, representing the office in San Diego and advocating for San Diego interests within the Administration. He has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Ron Roberts. In this capacity, he provided policy guidance as the Policy Director and as Deputy Communications Director.

As the representative of the Council of Community Clinics, Gary serves on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and the Health Committee. With the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), Gary sits on the Public Policy Committee. He is also on the Health Committee of the San Diego Taxpayers Association.

Gary has a background in non-profit management and was selected for the Federation Executive Recruitment and Retention Program, a national program of the Council of Jewish Federations. In San Diego, Gary directed the work of the American Jewish Committee, one of the foremost human relations organizations in the world, acting as its Regional Executive Director. In that capacity, Gary led policy discussions with the Embassy of Armenia, Embassy of Indonesia and Embassy of Mexico.

His extensive community endeavors include serving as a Past President of Congregation Dor Hadash, the only Reconstructionist (Jewish) congregation in San Diego County and as a board member of the Latino- Jewish Coalition.

He is known in the University City and Clairemont communities as "Coach Gary" for coaching for over ten seasons with Mesa Soccer and with a University City girls basketball program at Standley Recreation Center.
An avid runner, Gary participates in the Ragnar Series of long distance relays and has completed the Triple Crown, running the Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon and America's Finest City Half Marathon in one calendar year. The paths around Mission Bay formed his training course on his longer training runs. As a compliment to his running, Gary is a novice boxer, working with trainers at the Art of 8 including former Muay Thai world champion, Melchor Manor.

He was named a "Top Influencer" by the San Diego Daily Transcript and is a finalist for the Healthcare Champion Award from the San Diego Business Journal. Gary was also named as a 2015 recipient of the Grassroots Advocacy Elizabeth K. Cooke MVP Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Gary currently writes a political and lifestyle column for the San Diego Jewish World.


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