Rachelle Reyes Wenger
System Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy Engagement, CommonSpirit Health

Rachelle Reyes Wenger is the System Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Engagement for CommonSpirit Health. CommonSpirit is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the US, with our national office in Chicago and a team of more than 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. She started her career with the organization, at Dignity Health (then Catholic Healthcare West), over 25 years ago.

Ms. Wenger is responsible for advancing the organization’s public policy priorities at the local, state, national, and international arenas. She manages policy issues core to CommonSpirit Health’s commitment to advancing health and health justice, including racial justice in furtherance of the common good. Her policy portfolio includes various social and environmental determinants of health issues, such as, housing and homelessness, climate change, nutrition and food systems, immigration, human trafficking and violence prevention. Through strong collaborations and speaking platforms, Ms. Wenger has worked to successfully provide the healthcare voice in support of landmark legislation and strategic initiatives while inspiring community and industry engagement to raise their voices in solidarity. She serves various leadership positions on boards and with numerous organizations, including Community Hospital of San Bernardino, California Immigrant Policy Center, NETWORK: A Catholic Social Justice Lobby, The Root Cause Coalition, US Health Care Climate Council, Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), and America Is All In.

Ms. Wenger received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Public Administration at California State University, Northridge.

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