No. 69: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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69. Craig Cornett

Craig Cornett is the CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities, a 71-year-old nonprofit group representing some 800 skilled nursing facilities and 500 intermediate care facilities throughout California, with their patients largely developmentally disabled. The CAHF — like every other medical entity in the state — has focused on the pandemic and its impacts on its vulnerable patient population. Since last year, CAHF developed several disaster preparedness plans targeting COVID-19. The plans include emergency response, the handling of volunteers, emergency staffing, handling the health care surge, and identifying alternative health care sites. CAHF’s members serve about 370,000 patients annually. Before coming to CAHF, Cornett was one of the select few who knew the Byzantine state budget backwards and forwards. He was the budget expert advising a half-dozen legislative leaders, and he educated rank-and-filed lawmakers – and reporters – about key issues. Cornett received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and his BA from Washington and Lee University.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021

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