AAP CA is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults living in California.

AAP California is comprised of all four AAP California Chapters and represents more than 5,000 primary care and subspecialty pediatricians across California.

AAP CA Chapters advocate together at the state level on hundreds of bills each year, as well as on statewide ballot measures and in court cases on behalf of children and pediatricians.


To contact Academy staff please email us or call us at 626-796-1632.

Kris Calvin

Kris Calvin

CEO & Director of Advocacy and Policy

Kris Calvin has been CEO of AAP California for over 20 years. Educated in economics and psychology at Stanford and UC Berkeley, she has been honored by the California Assembly and the Governor’s office for her leadership in child health advocacy. Ms. Calvin is responsible for implementation of our leadership’s advocacy agenda, and through the AAP California Residents Advocacy Rotation she trains hundreds of residents at 13 pediatric residency programs statewide. A single parent of three, Ms. Calvin is also an award-winning thriller and mystery author.

Eileen Rendahl

Eileen Rendahl

Advocacy & Communications Coordinator

Eileen Rendahl joined the senior staff of the AAP California in 2018. Ms. Rendahl coordinates the AAP California Residents Advocacy Rotation, oversees legislative tracking and letter-writing, and is the primary point of contact with pediatrician members, our strategic partners, and the public.

Our Board of Directors

Yasuko Fukuda MD FAAP

San Francisco, CA

Paula Whiteman MD FACEP FAAP

Los Angeles, CA

Stuart Cohen MD FAAP

Immediate Past Chair
San Diego, CA

Edward Susumu Curry MD FAAP

Natl. Nominating & Treasurer
Fontana, CA

Jacques-Emmanuel Corriveau MD FAAP

Advocacy Chair
Antioch, CA

Eric Ball MD FAAP

CME & Secretary
Irvine, CA

Melissa Ruiz MD MPH FAAP

Early Career Rep
Ventura, CA

Lena van der List DO

Resident Rep
Sacramento, CA

Marsha Spitzer MD FAAP

Annual Leadership Forum
San Diego, CA

James Crawford-Jakubiak MD FAAP

Diversity & Inclusion
Oakland, CA

Christine Thang, MD FAAP

Alternate Early Career Rep
Los Angeles, CA

Alyssa Morse MD

Resident Asst Rep
Los Angeles, CA

Raelene Walker MD FAAP

President, CA Chapter 1
Santa Cruz, CA

Damodara Rajasekhar MD FAAP

President, CA Chapter 2 
Apple Valley, CA

Michelle Dern MD FAAP

President, CA Chapter 3
San Diego, CA

Kate Williamson MD FAAP

President, CA Chapter 4
Newport Beach, CA

Nelson Branco MD FAAP

VP, CA Chapter 1
Larkspur, CA

Grant Christman MD FAAP

VP, CA Chapter 2
Los Angeles, CA

Nathan McFarland MD FAAP

VP, CA Chapter 3
Lakeside, CA

Sharief Taraman MD FAAP

VP, CA Chapter 4
Orange, CA

Janice Kim MD FAAP

Alt Dir, CA Chapter 1
Petaluma, CA

Christine Johnson MD FAAP

Alt Dir, CA Chapter 3
San Diego, CA

Liza Suh MD FAAP

Alt Dir, CA Chapter 3
San Marcos, CA

Reshmi Basu MD FAAP

Alt Dir, CA Chapter 4
Tustin, CA

Advocacy Contacts

Chapter 1 | Northern California

Zarah Iqbal MD MPH FAAP

Nora Pfaff MD FAAP

Chapter 2 | So CA – Greater Los Angeles Area

Susan Wu MD FAAP

Marti Baum MD FAAP

Chapter 3 | San Diego & Imperial Counties

Nancy Graff MD FAAP

Wendy Hunter MD FAAP

Chapter 4 | Orange County

Angela Dangvu MD FAAP

Sharon Pham MD FAAP