Zoila D. Escobar

Dean's Cabinet Member


As Sr. Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer and President of the AltaMed Foundation, Zoila D. Escobar oversees corporate communications, branding, development, patient experience, culture and language, human resources, and strategic planning and execution at AltaMed Health Services. A prolific fundraiser, her fund development experience dates back to 1984 at the American Cancer Society (ACS), as Director of Development for Special Populations. While at ACS, Ms. Escobar also helped develop national policy in the areas of uterine and breast cancer screening, smoking cessation, and HIV/AIDS for Spanish-speaking populations. Some of her most important contributions include helping change attitudes around philanthropic giving in the Latino community, as well as steering an employee giving effort to engage 100% of the AltaMed workforce.

Ms. Escobar has a long and illustrious history focusing on AIDS awareness and prevention, with positions including Program Director of the first Latinas and AIDS program in Los Angeles County, with AIDS Project Los Angeles; and Clinic Administrator for HIV Services at the UCLA Family Planning Clinic. Ms. Escobar was also involved in policy work that led to the development of the Ryan White Act, and played a role in the inclusion of HIV/AIDS in the American with Disabilities Act. Additionally, Ms. Escobar also has HIV International experience working with the World Hemophilia Federation and the World Health Organization.

Ms. Escobar currently sits on the University of La Verne board of trustees, the board of the California Health Care Foundation, and the American Nurses Foundation.

A graduate of University of La Verne, Ms. Escobar holds a B.S. in Health Services Administration. She continued her education at La Verne, earning her MBA.