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SMC|Academic Affairs|Public Policy Institute|Debra A. Farmer

Debra A. Farmer

Debra A. Farmer has been President/Chief Executive Officer of Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) since 1999, but her skills as a turnaround specialist and a builder of coalitions and collaborations go well beyond WFHC’s walls.

During her tenure, she has overseen WFHC's technological advancement and the implementation of electronic health records as well as the expansion of primary health care services as WFHC transitioned from a small women's clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center and a Patient Centered Health/Medical Home. 

Ms. Farmer’s extensive and varied professional path forms the work she does today, but the nonprofit sector has been her home for nearly 25 years. At Planned Parenthood, LA, she was variously Interim President/CEO, Acting Director of Development, and CFO/COO.

Ms. Farmer’s experience goes well beyond WFHC. In addition to having served on the City of West Hollywood’s Human Services Commission, she is a board member of the Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area, the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, and is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as treasurer of Clinic Mutual Insurance Company. She is a tireless health advocate at the local, state and national levels. At the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, she has served in various capacities including Board Chair. She is also a member of the California Primary Care Association and formerly the Chair of the Board. She has a BA in Political Science from Stetson University in Florida.