Mark Klein is Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and External Relations for Dignity Health. Mr. Klein oversees the strategic direction and overall management of the communications functions for Dignity Health’s 22-state network of more than 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. He oversees Dignity Health’s public affairs efforts system-wide. And he is responsible for internal communications strategies to align the organization around the company’s long-term strategies, vision and goals.
Prior to joining Dignity Health, Mr. Klein spent three years with the international public relations consultancy Fleishman-Hillard, where he served as vice president in the San Francisco office and directed the firm’s Bay Area public affairs practice, specializing in communications with public policy implications.
Previously, Mr. Klein was director of government and community relations for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and a member of their public policy staff. He had responsibility for economic development and transportation issues and acted as one of the Chamber’s liaisons and lobbyists to City Hall.
Earlier, Mr. Klein worked at the San Francisco-based public affairs firm Solem & Associates, where he served as a political campaign manager, lobbyist and account executive. His work included market research and analysis, government advocacy and community outreach. Solem & Associates received the 1996 Silver Anvil Award for Excellence in Public Affairs for the successful ballot measure campaign to reform San Francisco’s city Charter, managed by Mr. Klein.
In addition, Mr. Klein was one of the principal staff members for the agency’s work for the Committee on JOBS, a business organization comprising the CEOs of 25 of San Francisco’s leading businesses, including Bank of America, Pacific Telesis Group, PG&E and Charles Schwab & Co. The main objective of JOBS was to improve the city’s economic vitality by working with city officials and business and community groups.
Earlier, Mr. Klein served as a campaign director for the victorious Proposition 103, a California ballot measure campaign for insurance reform. His responsibilities included public education, fundraising, community organizing, and serving as spokesperson for the campaign in San Diego.
Mr. Klein received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Fellows Program in Public Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the SF Chamber of Commerce, serves as Chair of the California Hospital Association Advocacy Committee and is a member of the Arthur Page Society. Mr. Klein lives in San Francisco with his wife and three daughters.