Mari Cantwell

Senior Strategic Advisor

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University of California – Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, MPP
Brown University, BA, Public Policy and American Institutions

Current Responsibilities

Having most recently served as the Medicaid Director for the State of California, Mari uses her policy experience to help develop and implement Medicaid financing and revenue enhancement initiatives. As a Strategic Advisor, Mari offers clients insight into state financing, Medicaid services and functions, and community programs.


Mari Cantwell served as the Medicaid Director for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) from 2015 until January 2020. She entered the Director role following her time as the appointed Chief Deputy Director of Health Care Programs, which began in February of 2013. Mari was responsible for the overall management of Health Care Delivery Systems, Health Care Financing, and Health Care Benefits and Eligibility. Prior to her appointment, Mari served as the Deputy Director, Health Care Financing, where she was responsible for the development, promotion, and implementation of health care delivery systems to the beneficiaries of the State Medi-Cal program. Before joining the Department, from 2005 to 2011, Mari worked at the California Association of Public Hospitals & Health Systems as the Vice President of Finance Policy.