Joe Munso is an expert in finance and administration of California’s publicly funded health and human services programs.  Over a state-level career spanning nearly four decades, Mr. Munso has held a variety of senior executive positions across a number of executive administrations.  Most recently, Mr. Munso assisted the California Health Benefits Exchange in the early implementation stages of organizational development and assisted the Brown Administration in determining policy and financing considerations for the Medi-Cal program under the federal Accountable Care Act.  A brief summary of Mr. Munso’s experience includes:

California Health and Human Services Agency (2007-2011)

Key responsibilities included providing direction on policy, program and financial operations for:

  • Health Care Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Care for the Mentally Ill
  • Care for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Human Services programs, including CalFresh, TANF, and Child Welfare
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Health Information

Deputy Secretary
California Health and Human Services Agency (2005-2007)

Key responsibilities:

  • Provided oversight of all Agency departments on fiscal matters
  • Advised Agency Secretary on fiscal priorities and significant departmental budget proposals
  • Prepared Agency’s portion of the annual State Budget
  • Directed Agency-wide system for the preparation, review and approval of all program and fiscal reports to the Legislature
  • Chaired council of all department Chief Deputy Directors to discuss and resolve significant policy, fiscal and legislative issues
  • Served as primary Agency liaison to the Governor’s Office, Department of Finance, Legislative Analyst’s Office, and Department of General Services

Chief Deputy Director
First 5 California (1999-2005)

Key responsibilities:

  • Established new organization from start-up through implementation to ongoing program operations
  • Implemented media and outreach campaign for early child development
  • Completed California’s first Master Plan for Early Education
  • Expanded health care coverage for low income children not eligible for Medi-Cal

Chief Deputy Director
California Department of Health Services (1995-1999)

Key responsibilities included providing management oversight for all department programs, including:

  • Medi-Cal Program
  • Public Health Programs
  • Administrative Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Health Facility Licensing
  • Anti-fraud Functions
  • Health Marketing and Outreach
  • Health Policy

Deputy Director for Administration
California Department of Health Services (1991-1995)

Key responsibilities:

  • Personnel Management
  • Contracting and Purchasing
  • Budget Development
  • Fiscal Forecasting for Medi-Cal
  • Information Technology development and operations

Chief, Financial Management Branch
California Department of Social Services (1986-1991)

Key responsibilities:

  • Budget development
  • Program accounting
  • Fiscal policy for county claiming
  • County cost control

Chief, Employment Programs Branch
California Department of Social Services (1984-1986)

Key responsibilities:

  • Planning and policy development for implementation and administration of the Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) employment program for public welfare beneficiaries
  • Liaison with county, state and federal officials and/or agencies to maintain effective relationships related to welfare policy at the state and national levels


Other Leadership

  • Chairman, California First 5 Commission (2009-2010)
  • Member, Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) (2007-2008)