Marie S. Torres is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Research Initiatives at AltaMed Health Services. She has more than thirty years of experience in gerontology and health services administration; leadership; extensive legislative advocacy; and knowledge in health and social welfare.
Since joining AltaMed in 1991, Dr. Torres has established AltaMed's Government Relations Department and oversees the organization's advocacy, public policy and research initiatives. She has been instrumental in advocating and securing funding for patient services in Federal and State Legislative forums. She has also lead in the development of public policies that affect the disabled and elderly populations. Dr. Torres was the recipient of the Los Angeles Aging and Advocacy Coalition Champion Award in May 2016. In April 2016, Dr. Torres was honored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson in the 64th Assembly District for Women in Leadership. Dr. Torres was named Woman of the Year Award in 2015 by the Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA). In 2013, Dr. Torres received the Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots Advocacy Most Valuable Player Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. In 2011, Dr. Torres received the California Elder Mental Health and Aging Coalition (CEMHAC) 2011 Older Adult Advocacy Recognition Award. At AltaMed's annual employee celebration in 2007, Dr. Torres received the Cástulo de la Rocha Visionary Award. In September 2007, Dr. Torres received the Latino Heritage Month Award from Assemblyman Mike Eng in recognition for her outstanding efforts and commitment to promoting health awareness in the 49th Assembly District. Dr. Torres received a federal advocacy award by the California Association of Adult Day Services in 2008. She was also the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Alumna Award, School of Health and Human Services, California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Torres is active in several professional associations including the CalPACE Association, California Primary Care Association, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the National PACE Association.
She received her Doctoral and Master's degrees from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work.