Fernando Sañudo

Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Fernando Sañudo joined the VCC team in 1988 as a Health Educator, and in his nearly thirty years with the organization, he’s held additional positions as Project Coordinator, Health Program Center Director and Clinic Administrator. His wide range of expertise with the clinic includes program research, design and evaluation, as well as extensive experience in community outreach and education. He has been an Independent Consultant for both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a professional grant reviewer, and Project Concern International in the area of program design and evaluation. Mr. Sañudo is also adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego (USD) and teaches Design and Evaluation for the Masters Program in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership. Mr. Sañudo has co-authored several chapters in books and professional journals regarding HIV-prevention and in 2008, he was named the “Health Champion of the Year” for Molina.

As CEO for VCC, Mr. Sañudo leads an executive team of nine members, in addition to a staff of over 500 employees, in addition to over 100 volunteers. Working with the Board of Directors, Mr. Sañudo provides oversight to all aspects of VCC’s operations and liaisons with local and regional government on important health care advocacy issues. He’s been inspired by watching VCC grow over the course of his three decades with the organization, and seeing the impact that a functional community clinic model can have on overall community health.

What does “Choose Health” Mean to You?
“Over the years, I've watched the clinic reach many, many individuals and families who would not otherwise have access to healthcare. Each day I know that no matter what, our work has made a difference in not just one person’s life but thousands of lives.”

Achievements & Affiliations
  • “Health Champion of the Year,” Molina, 2008.

Education
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH), San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • Bachelors in Biology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)