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Vanessa Cajina

Contact Information
1201 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Main: 916-448-2162
Fax: 916-448-4923
E-Mail: vcajina@ka-pow.com

Professional Experience

Vanessa Cajina joined KP Public Affairs with more than ten years of direct service, policy, and legislative experience in healthcare and social services. Prior to joining KP, Ms. Cajina worked for the Western Center on Law and Poverty – the leading statewide organization focused on building a strong safety net for low-income Californians. Ms. Cajina has worked to expand access to quality and affordable healthcare coverage for over seven million Californians under the California Medi-Cal Program and Affordable Care Act. She has been leading advocacy efforts within the Legislature and various state departments and agencies on issues pertaining to healthcare delivery and access to services for vulnerable populations. Ms. Cajina has experience in lobbying all areas of state government, leading coalitions, building grassroots networks, public speaking and community service.

Ms. Cajina has unique and in-depth knowledge of the state budget process. She has led and organized grassroots coalitions to fight against and defeat proposed state budget cuts and worked with the Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown to restore some of those services eliminated during the “Great Recession.”

Seeing a need to better serve the diverse aging population in California, Ms. Cajina led a first-in-the-nation effort to standardize prescription drug labels and has presented to national audiences on these efforts at the Institute of Medicine and the Brookings Institute. Prior to her advocacy accomplishments in Sacramento, Ms. Cajina worked with predominantly immigrant families to connect their children to healthcare coverage and other community services. She is fluent in Spanish and volunteers on medical missions in Latin America, where she serves as an interpreter. She is also active with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), a statewide organization dedicated to increasing Latinas’ participation in the civic process.

Education

Ms. Cajina received her bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development at the University of California at Davis.