NAA Founding Board Member
President & CEO
Dr. Joseph “Mario” Molina is president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare and chairman of the board. His father, Dr. C. David Molina, founded the company in 1980 to address the special needs of low-income patients. After his father’s death in 1996, Dr. Molina assumed leadership of Molina Healthcare, keeping alive the tradition of its commitment to physician management.
Under Dr. Molina’s direction, the company has grown from $100 million in revenue in 1996 to $6.6 billion in 2013. He led the company through a successful initial public offering in 2003, making Molina Healthcare a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is also a member of the FORTUNE 500.
In 2005, Dr. Molina was featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. He is a member of the boards of the California Medical Association Foundation, Homeboy Industries, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Aquarium of the Pacific. He is also a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and served on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Dental School.
Dr. Molina received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Long Beach where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He attended medical school at University of Southern California where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi. Dr. Molina also performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then spent four years at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a fellow in endocrinology and metabolism. After his fellowship, he received an appointment as an assistant professor of medicine at USC. He received a certificate in management from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University.