Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Bill Earley has worked tirelessly to ensure the health, safety and well-being of diverse populations in critical need. At West Health, he serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for a nonprofit organization dedicated to lowering healthcare costs and enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.
As a member of the West Health leadership team, he works to advance senior-appropriate acute care, chronic care and long-term services and supports models of care for older adults, caregivers and their families, with a focus on making them more accessible and affordable.
Prior to his coming to West Health, Bill served as the Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. In that role, he led an organization that assists more than 3.6 million people across 10,000 square miles – and drove it to become the number one Red Cross region in the nation for client and volunteer satisfaction, employee engagement, and volunteer hours. He spearheaded the initiative to install smoke alarms in mobile home parks throughout San Diego to ensure seniors’ safety and well-being. As part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bill has had a leadership role in the effort to make affordable housing available for all San Diegans, especially vulnerable seniors.
Earlier in his career, in his capacity as a partner at Dentons law firm (formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps), he fulfilled vital roles from budgeting to strategic planning, and focused on practice areas including discrimination, contract negotiation, and drafting policies and procedures. And through his unique experiences as a sportscaster, political aide, three-time Ironman triathlete, and dedicated community advocate, Bill has developed strong and positive relationships with local, state, and federal political leaders of all parties and affiliations.
Bill also has a long history of community and public service. In 1985, Bill received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal Award for exemplary service to his community. Since then, he has worked with more than a dozen regional nonprofits, boards and public service entities, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and LEAD San Diego. In all areas and at all times, he has been eager to engage with public, nonprofit and private-sector institutions in order to address opportunities and take on challenges for his community and his state.
Bill holds a Juris Doctorate with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with high honors from San Diego State University. Bill’s dedication to underserved communities – particularly as it involves low-income seniors – and his dedication to public service, will make him an outstanding representative of California’s seniors and of our great state as a whole.