Chief Executive Officer
On May 16, 2012, Richard Onizuka was appointed as the first CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Richard brings extensive public and private sector executive level policy and health care experience to this position. He was Assistant Director for Health Policy for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) for more than nine years, where he was responsible for programs and initiatives related to Governor Gregoire’s five-point plan to improve quality and cost efficiency in Washington’s health care system, and he also served as the State Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator. Prior to his service to the State of Washington, he spent more than eight years as a manager and clinic administrator with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed psychologist.