Steinberg Institute

Our Board

The Steinberg Institute is honored to have the counsel of a powerhouse Board of Directors, each a standout in his or her field and each committed to improving treatment and services for people living with brain illness.

Darrell Steinberg, J.D.


Darrell Steinberg has dedicated his career to public service, working tirelessly to enact public policies that improve the health, welfare and living conditions of the people he represents. He is a passionate advocate for improving and expanding treatment options for people living with serious brain illness, and has championed a series of sweeping legislative initiatives that have transformed the landscape for mental health funding and services in California.

Among other accomplishments, Darrell authored the landmark 2004 Mental Health Services Act, which generates roughly $2 billion a year for research, innovation, early intervention and crisis care. He also was instrumental in passage of “No Place Like Home” a 2016 initiative that leverages MHSA funding to provide $2 billion for construction of permanent supportive housing and services for homeless people living with mental illness.

During nearly three decades in elected office, Darrell has served as president pro tempore of the state Senate, as a member of the state Assembly, and as a member of the Sacramento City Council. He is currently mayor of Sacramento. Darrell founded the Steinberg Institute in 2015 to advance the cause of mental health care in California, and to inspire leadership and collaboration that leads to a more integrated system of care.

Tom Insel, M.D.


Thomas Insel is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and psychiatrist who is co-founder and president of Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley health care startup dedicated to developing new technologies to advance the diagnoses and treatment of mental illness.

From 2002-2015, Tom served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health, the component of the National Institutes of Health committed to research on mental disorders. In that role, he also served as chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, and as co-lead of the NIH BRAIN Initiative. He left NIMH to lead the mental health team at Verily, an Alphabet company focused on improving health care through technology, research and innovation.

Prior to serving as NIMH director, Tom was a professor of psychiatry at Emory University, where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the Yerkes Regional Primate Center in Atlanta. His research has examined the neural basis of complex social behaviors, including maternal care and attachment. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, he has received numerous national and international awards and served in several leadership roles at NIH.

Tina Thomas, J.D.


Over a 30-year career, Tina Thomas has built a reputation as a leading environmental and land-use attorney in California. She is founding partner of the Thomas Law Group, and before that, was a founding partner of Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, LLP, where she served as managing partner for 28 years.

Tina’s work extends beyond the traditional role of attorney, shaping not only land-use legislation, but also the way it is practiced and understood. She was one of the original authors of the Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act, a text that serves as a leading reference on CEQA. She played an integral role in the passage of Senate Bill 375, authored by then-Sen. Darrell Steinberg, which encourages smart growth and infill development.

Tina also has built a reputation for her extensive pro bono work in the Sacramento community. She has donated significant time and resources to championing the legal rights of nonprofit agencies that care for the homeless and disenfranchised. Among the organizations that have benefited from her counsel: Loaves & Fishes; Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services; WEAVE; WIND Youth Center; Serna Village; and Union Gospel Mission.


John Boyd, Psy.D., MHA

Board Member

John Boyd is chief executive officer of Mental Health Services for the Sutter Health system, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit networks of community-based providers, with services in more than 100 Northern California communities. John has an extensive background in health care administration and mental health services. Prior to joining Sutter in 2008, he served as assistant administrator for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, and worked eight years at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

John has been appointed a commissioner by Gov. Jerry Brown for the state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and currently serves as chair. He also serves on the board of Mental Health America and on advisory councils for the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Well Being Trust, and Mental Health America of Hawaii. He established and chairs the National Behavioral Health Council with over 40 health system participants.

John earned his doctorate in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, and his master’s degree in health administration from USC. He has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist in multiple organizations. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Steve Fields, MPA

Board Member

Steve Fields is executive director of Progress Foundation, which has played a pioneering role in modeling residential alternatives to hospitalization for people living with disabling mental illness. Over a 40-year career, Steve has championed development of mental health programs that emphasize rehabilitation and self-sufficiency through supportive, community-based services.

Steve has led Progress Foundation since its founding in 1969, and now oversees 19 programs across San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Counties, serving more than 3,000 people. The foundation opened the first social model residential treatment programs for geriatric clients in the country, and the first social model residential treatment program for women and their children.

A leader in local, state and national efforts to develop and promote change in the mental health system, Steve was instrumental in forming the San Francisco Human Services Network, an association of more than 100 nonprofit agencies. He received his B.A. from Harvard, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.