Chief Health Director

Liana Bailey-Crimmins was named CalPERS' chief health director in May 2017. As head of the Health Policy and Benefits Branch, she provides leadership and oversees our health benefits program, including policy research, plan contracting and administration, member enrollment and eligibility, and the long-term care program.

Liana first joined CalPERS as chief information officer for the Information Technology Services Branch in August 2013, where she became known for her ability to lead a large and diverse cross-functional organization to meet CalPERS' technology needs through innovative solutions.

She has served in the public sector for 30 years. Before joining CalPERS, Liana served as the information technology director and CIO of California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). Prior to CCHCS, she worked as the project director of the California Information Technology Infrastructure Project.

Liana serves on the board of the Pacific Business Group on Health, a nationwide organization comprised of private employers and public agencies. As a voice for consumers and patients, it is dedicated to improving care and quality in the U.S. healthcare system.

In 2015, she was honored with the prestigious "CIO of the Year" award from the California CIO Academy. Other honors include recognition for her work on CCHCS' Telemedicine Program, which helped them win the 2012 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award, and the Best of California award in the Government Technology Digital Internal category in 2011.

Liana studied computer science at California State University, Sacramento, and is an Information Technology Managers Academy graduate.