Elsa Jimenez, MPH

Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department

Elsa M. Jimenez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Santa Clara University and a Master of Public Health degree from San Jose State University. Ms. Jimenez is the Director of Health for the Monterey County Health Department. She has been with the Monterey County Health Department since 2001 and has served in a variety of programmatic, management, and administrative roles. During her tenure with the Health Department, she has served in various roles ranging from implementing and supervising public health programs in the areas of chronic disease prevention, injury prevention, and teen pregnancy prevention, to fiscal and contract management and oversight, to executive management. Most recently she served as the Assistant Director of Health, responsible for the department’s $230 million budget and 1,030 FTE, and oversight of department's facilities and centralized information systems. She has experience leading public health interventions focused on individual behavior change to systems and policy changes to improve the population's health.