UC Board of Regents chair, UC president welcome new Regent appointments

University of California Board of Regents Chair Richard Leib and President Michael V. Drake, M.D., today (July 22) welcomed Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of four Regents to UC’s governing board: Dr. Elaine Batchlor, Carmen Chu, Ana Matosantos and Mark Robinson:

“It is with great excitement that I welcome our newest colleagues to the Board of Regents,” said Leib. “The University plays a pivotal role in the lives of Californians and beyond, and this infusion of diverse experiences, backgrounds and expertise will only help us better fulfill our mission of education, research, public service and health. I look forward to working alongside them in advocating for the University.”

“Gov. Newsom’s latest appointments bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences that will help them contribute to our University and its critical mission. They each possess a deep understanding of our institution and our state, and I look forward to working with them on the critical decisions that will shape the University in the years to come,” said Drake. “I am confident that our work together will accrue to the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and residents across the state.”

About the appointees:

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, M.D.

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, 64, of Los Angeles, has been chief executive officer at MLK Community Healthcare since 2012. She was chief medical officer at L.A. Care Health Plan from 2004 to 2012, and vice president and program officer at the California Health Care Foundation from 1999 to 2003. Batchlor earned a doctor of medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and received her master’s degree in public health from UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. Batchlor is certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the boards of the California Hospital Association, Insure the Uninsured Project, and the Editorial Board of Health Affairs.

Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu, 44, of San Francisco, is the city administrator for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior, she served as the elected assessor-recorder from 2013 to 2021, District 4 supervisor at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2013, and served in the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance from 2004 to 2007. Chu earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree in public policy from Occidental College.

Ana Matosantos

Ana Matosantos, 46, of Sacramento, has been cabinet secretary at the Office of Gov. Gavin Newsom since 2019. She was president of Matosantos Consulting from 2013 to 2018 and joined the Newsom transition team in 2018. Matosantos was director of the California Department of Finance from 2009 to 2013 and chief deputy director for budgets from 2008 to 2009. She was deputy legislative secretary for Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs at the Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2007 to 2008. She held multiple positions at the California Health and Human Services Agency, including assistant secretary for programs and fiscal affairs and associate secretary for legislative affairs from 2004 to 2007. Matosantos was human services consultant at the state Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review from 2002 to 2004. She was a consultant at the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services from 2000 to 2002. She was a California Senate fellow from 1999 to 2000. Matosantos holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson, 57, of Kentfield, has been a partner at Centerview Partners since 2009. Previously, he worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1998 to 2009. Robinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, the Board of Trustees of the UC Berkeley Foundation and the Board of The Thacher School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in history and political science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Further information on the appointees may be found in Gov. Newsom’s announcement of the appointments here.

UC regents are appointed by the governor to 12-year terms and must be confirmed by the California State Senate. Once confirmed, they are able to begin their service immediately and do not receive compensation.

For more information about the University of California Board of Regents, please visit their website here.