The Steinberg Institute is pleased to announce the addition of John Drebinger as Senior Advocate. John comes to the Steinberg Institute with a robust background in health equity, LGBTQ+ inclusion and government reform.
Before joining the Steinberg Institute, John was a Senior Advocate with the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), advocating for expanded access to critical behavioral and mental health supports across the state.
John will join our Director of Government Affairs, Tara Gamboa-Eastman, to advocate for policies aimed at transforming systems in California to ensure people get the mental health and addiction care they need and deserve. Guided by our recently announced Vision 2030 initiative, the team will focus on key areas: growing the behavioral health workforce and reducing homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization of people facing mental health and addiction challenges.
“We have ambitious advocacy plans for 2024, and the addition of John’s expertise and passion to our team will help ensure we achieve them,” said Steinberg Institute CEO Karen Larsen. “John’s advocacy background and commitment to building equitable systems of care make him a perfect fit.”
John’s approach stands at the intersection of policy reform, advocacy, and community organizing, reflecting his commitment to crafting impactful, community-centric solutions. As a proud queer individual, John’s passion for supporting marginalized groups is evident in his career that spans the private sector, county government, and state-level advocacy.
Active in his local community, John serves on the Board of Directors at Fostering Media Connections and California Mental Health Advocacy for Children and Youth CMHACY. He’s also a New Leaders Council Sacramento Fellow.
John’s first day is January 2, 2024.