Daniel Wherley has spent over a decade working in pursuit of health access and equity for all. As part of the Health Equity team at Advancement Project California, he is melding data, systems analysis, and community input to help devise meaningful policies and implementation strategies to improve health care outcomes for California’s historically underserved communities of color. He applies this approach to diverse projects such as Proposition 47 health reinvestment, expanding access to health care for those on the margins, protecting the hard-won access to coverage victories already achieved, and collaborating with an ever-expanding network of community health advocates across California to improve health care cost, quality, and coverage for all.
Before joining Advancement Project, Daniel worked at Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, where he blended grass roots advocacy, coalition-building, policy analysis, and health systems reform to improve dementia care delivery across an incredibly diverse region. He helped build advocacy tools that became part of the award-winning Dementia Cal MediConnect Project – an innovative pilot program bringing dementia-capable care to dual-eligible (Medicare/MediCal) enrollees in select California counties in a collaboration with major health plans and the California Department of Aging.
Previously, Daniel has worked on a variety of social justice advocacy campaigns including youth political engagement, marriage equality, and homeless services. Steeped in the history of dietary health disparities and public policy, he looks to apply this perspective to our contemporary challenges. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed his doctoral coursework at Rutgers University.