No. 62: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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62. Carrie Gordon

Dentists have been uniquely impacted by the coronavirus – it’s hard to think of a situation more perfectly suited to transfer an airborne virus than dental work – and the California Dental Association has been in the middle of the battle to ensure that their members can practice safely. In mid-March, as the extent of the impending crisis became clearer, the CDA negotiated with the California Department of Public Health to get one million N95 masks for their members. Days later they picked up four truckloads of masks from a warehouse in Fresno, only to be forced by the state to return the whole lot one day later. An April 7 directive from CDPH effectively closed all dental offices, except for emergencies; that order was modified on April 28, allowing dentists back in their offices – if they could find appropriate PPE. Carrie Gordon, the chief strategy officer for the association is using her 18 years of experience – and the clout of her 27,000 members – to advocate for COVID-19-related assistance.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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