AFWA East Bay is pleased bring back guest speaker Ron Wetter, Community and Government Manager for Kaiser Permanente Diablo Area. Are you are working for or with a small business? Ron will discuss the development and status of the Small Business Health Option Plan (SHOP) for businesses with fewer the 50 employees. Hear from an industry expert about the lessons learned about the implementation of SHOP in California and other key states.
We will leave plenty of time to you to address your questions regarding recent changes in the Health Care Industry.
Ron joined the Kaiser Permanente team in 2004. Ron oversees all community and government relations activities for Central and East Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. His overall areas of focus encompass health care policy and reform, economic and workforce development, and day-to-day relationship management with the district offices of the region’s Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, Contra Costa and Alameda County Boards of Supervisors and various city councils. He is an adjunct member of California State University East Bay’s graduate program faculty, teaching courses in health care policy, managed health care, and U.S. health care systems in the University’s Masters of Science in Health Care Administration program.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ron served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, a 37-member public board that develops and coordinates workforce and economic development activities on behalf of Contra Costa County. He also worked for PG&E for 21 years as a regulatory policy analyst in its Regulatory Relations Department, legislative and policy analyst in the company’s Government Relations Department, and as the company’s Government Relations Director for Contra Costa County.
He currently services on the Boards of the East Bay Leadership Council (formally the Contra Costa Council), Livermore Valley and San Ramon Chambers of Commerce and Innovation Tri-Valley.
Ron earned a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. He lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, Terri, and 21-year old son, Alex.