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Malka Kopell

Portrait of Malka Kopell

Malka Kopell is a senior program manager for community engagement and health care policy. She has more than 30 years of experience helping local governments and state agencies create and implement effective strategies for community engagement. Ms. Kopell has developed and managed engagement processes along the “collaboration continuum,” ranging from gathering public input to working with key stakeholders to co-design and implement programs, in the areas of public budgeting, election reform, neighborhood revitalization, downtown redevelopment, air quality, transportation, recycling, youth development, and public health.

Ms. Kopell founded the nonprofit Community Focus in 1990 to facilitate more effective implementation of public policies by increasing community participation. She has also served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, developing and managing grants in the areas of conflict resolution, civic engagement and California governance reform, and was the founding managing director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

In the health care arena, Ms. Kopell has experience in Medicaid policy analysis and hospital financial planning and has negotiated provider networks for health plans. She has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in human biology and a master's degree in public health policy from Harvard University.