Central California Alliance for Health names Cecil Newton Chief Information Officer


Scotts Valley, Calif., March 03, 2022—Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) is pleased to announce Cecil Newton as the Alliance’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), filling the position of Van Wong, who recently became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Alliance. Newton joined the Alliance in March 2022 and brings more than 20 years of IT experience in health care and information security to the role.

Prior to joining the Alliance, he held the position of Director of Systems Development & Infrastructure at San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP), as well as Information Security Officer. Prior to his work with SFHP, Newton served as a consulting Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Security Officer with Montclair Technology and Vice President of Technology Services with Charles Schwab. Newton is experienced in IT strategy and planning, technology and security leadership, disaster recovery, contract and vendor management, and leading and mentoring high-performing teams.

“Cecil’s broad experience, which includes Medi-Cal managed care, will support the Alliance’s performance in local innovation,” said Alliance CEO, Stephanie Sonnenshine. “His commitment to collaboration, improvement and accountability will serve the Alliance well as our Chief Information Officer.”

Newton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from City College of New York’s School of Engineering at CUNY.  Newton is credentialed as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) from CISO Institute, UC Berkeley and as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) from ISACA, a global association for IT governance professionals.

“I’m thrilled to join Central California Alliance for Health,” said Newton. “The Alliance is an organization with a stellar reputation and is well known for supporting safety net providers and furthering the goal of universal access to health care. It is a privilege to be part of this organization and its mission.”

Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) is a regional Medi-Cal managed care health plan, established in 1996 to improve access to health care for nearly 387,000 members in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Using the state’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, the Alliance delivers innovative community-based health care services by connecting members with providers that deliver timely services and care, focused on prevention, early detection and effective treatment. As an award-winning managed care health plan with a vision of “healthy people, healthy communities,” the Alliance remains focused on efforts to improve access to quality health care for its members. For more information, visit www.thealliance.health.