Amy W. Krause '98

Director & Patient Advocate

Amy W. Krause,  Patient Advocate and Director

Amy Krause was appointed by Governor Brown on March 15, 2013, to serve as California’s Patient Advocate. Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant Chief Counsel at the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), where she worked on health care service plan oversight. She represented the DMHC as a manager over various initiatives and issues spanning from initial licensure requirements, to benefits and access to care, to cancellation of coverage and provider contracts, to implementation of health care reform. 

Prior to her government service, she worked as a Public Policy Manager for WellPoint Health Networks, Inc., focusing on state and federal health coverage in commercial and government-sponsored contracts. Her assignments were to help develop and revise proposed legislation and regulation, participate in National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ activities, and engage with consumers to inform advocacy efforts.

Previous experience also includes Superior Court positions in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, where she worked as a representative for court officers, then as appointed counsel for defendants in juvenile cases.

Licensed to practice law in California, Amy received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine.