Chris Boyd brings over 25 years of hospital management experience to his position as Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. Prior to being named the head of Kaiser’s Santa Clara region, in November 2009, Chris was CEO of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, part of Sharp HealthCare (formerly the San Diego Hospital Association). He began his tenure at Sharp in September 2000. Earlier, he was CEO and Managing Director of Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, and started with Inland Valley in 1997. Beginning in 1984, he held administrative positions in private, not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals in Oregon, Illinois, Washington and Louisiana. Chris first discovered his passion for healthcare and hospital management while spending nearly three years with the Peace Corps, working in a mission hospital in Liberia, West Africa. He has a history of active community involvement, including memberships in the United Way, various chambers and rotaries, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, YMCA, Boy Scouts, American Heart Association, and coaching youth soccer. He earned his BS degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota, did two years of pre-med work at the University of Minnesota, and earned his Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University.