Dr. Skeen is the executive director for PNHP California.
Dr. Skeen graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. He then obtained his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco and his Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. He completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Southern California.
After practicing emergency medicine for nine years, Bill chose to follow his passion for public health. He accepted a position at AIDS Project Los Angeles as the Director of Grassroots Programs. There he developed innovative programs including Activate U!, a grassroots training conference later used in other states ,and Neighborhood Network, an award-winning community-based advocacy program that empowers activists to interact with their elected officials face-to-face.
From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Skeen served as Director of Public Policy and interim Executive Director for the statewide advocacy organization, Florida AIDS Action, based in North Miami. Later he cofounded Union Positiva, Miami. This was the first organization in Miami to provide the Hispanic community culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services for AIDS/HIV and hepatitis. Dr. Skeen’s family emigrated from Spain’s Basque region to California last century. He is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about the need for high quality health services for minority communities.
Since 2008, Dr. Skeen has been a member of the Soapbox Consulting, Inc. team, based in Washington DC. Soapbox advises national health associations on how to create and maintain effective legislative grass roots strategies. Bill joined the California chapter of PNHP at its founding in 1987. This past year he served as a volunteer consultant to PNHP California, and his strategies were instrumental to the 2010 Single Payer Can Happen work plan.
“I’m thrilled to work with this organization of talented and committed physicians to see how quickly we can make single payer a reality in California,” said Dr. Skeen. “We’re going to concentrate on three areas – education, advocacy and growth. We’ll be rolling out new programs in each of those areas designed not only to strengthen our organization, but also to move the single payer movement forward in this state.”