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Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Jonathan Goldfinger became Didi Hirsch’s CEO in July 2020. He is a nationally recognized pediatrician and advocate for mental health services for children and families, especially in BIPOC and low-income communities. Dr. Goldfinger's whose inclusive, action-oriented approach to health equity and policy has transformed countless lives.
With expertise in intergenerational trauma, integrated care and health technologies, his work has brought healthcare into a more humane, team-based, digital age. As Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Innovation at Center for Youth Wellness, he oversaw national and state collaborations, policy and research addressing the combined effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, including parent mental illness and substance use, child abuse, domestic violence and discrimination. As Chief Medical Officer of ZERO TO THREE before that, he led the HealthySteps model of integrated behavioral health in primary care for parents and young children to scale through transformative partnerships with health systems, diverse communities, government and philanthropy.
Dr. Goldfinger serves on the California Office of the Surgeon General and Department of Health Care Services’ ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Primary Care Advisory Committee; as Co-Chair of the LA Angeles County Department of Mental Health Alternatives to Crisis Response Crisis Call Center Network Subcommittee, and on the LA County Department of Public Health and First 5 Los Angeles’ Help Me Grow-LA Systems Synergy Council. He has also advised the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on maternal-infant healthcare quality improvement.
Lishaun Francis, MPP
As part of the health team, Lishaun Francis supports Children Now’s mental health/trauma efforts.
Prior to joining Children Now, Lishaun was an Associate Director at the California Medical Association. She provided policy support and analysis for California physicians on the issues of Medi-Cal, Workers’ Compensation, and Health Information Technology. Lishaun spent over two years with the Legislative Analyst Office where she provided fiscal and policy analyses to the State Legislature on issues of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug programs. In Washington, D.C., Lishaun worked as a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education, providing fiscal support on issues of higher education.
Lishaun received her Masters’ of Public Policy from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
Will Lippincott is an LA-based literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management who specializes in politics, narrative non-fiction, current events, history and memoir. He is a founding board member and present board secretary of the media watchdog organization Media Matters for America. In 2019, he joined the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
In 2015, he wrote a widely-shared article in The New York Times about his struggle with depression and suicidality, the suicide of his father, and the successful adoption of a new therapy. He continues to share his lived experience to advocate for large-scale change, speaking with clinicians and consumers at conferences, events and workshops.