President and CEO, Sharp Health Plan
Melissa Hayden-Cook is a native San Diegan and has been Sharp Health Plan’s CEO seat for 13 years. The organization that provides health care to more than 140,000 members in San Diego and Riverside counties. Prior to becoming CEO, Hayden-Cook filled other roles within the Sharp organization, including being senior vice president of marketing. She is on the board of the California Association of Health Plans and the Health Plan Alliance, which is a national association for not-for-profit health plans.
University of San Diego
She wanted to be a doctor and was accepted into UC San Diego to study pre-med but received a business scholarship and decided to attend USD instead.