From organizing a coalition of safety net hospitals that successfully changed the way Medicaid was funded in Illinois to working to help preserve the Affordable Care Act, Roberta helped to make Sinai a national voice on health care for the most vulnerable
Roberta feels incredibly lucky that she has been able to spend her professional and volunteer life working to advocate and organize around issues about which she is passionate. In 1991 she joined the leadership team at Sinai Health System, one of the largest providers of health care for low income people in Illinois where she became the Senior Vice President for External Affairs. In addition to her work on health care she also directed Sinai’s advocacy on immigration justice and gun violence. Roberta was a founding member of Illinois Women for Compassionate Immigration Reform and was appointed to the American Jewish Committee’s Bridging America Project on Immigration Justice. She is a past chair of the government affairs committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and has been a member of policy and advocacy councils for federal and state hospital associations. She served as a Board member and officer of Mujeres Latinas en Accion and on the steering committees for the Alliance for Health Equity and the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative. Following the election of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Roberta was appointed to the Mayor’s Health Care Transition Team. She was the Illinois recipient of the American Hospital Association Grass Roots Champion Award and the Chicago Avodah Partner in Social Justice Award.
Roberta received her BA in political science from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.