Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals 


Vanessa Benavides joined Kaiser Permanente in 2015 as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer and became Chief Legal Officer in 2022. She previously spent 10 years at Tenet Healthcare, served as legal counsel for Caremark Rx, and practiced with Locke Lord LLP. Vanessa serves on the Board of Directors of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, and is a former member of the national Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. 

As a company, Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the diversity challenges facing the healthcare community. Its culturally responsive care plan includes providing care in multiple languages, educating care team members about racial and gender biases, and closing care gaps for underserved populations. In 2018, Kaiser Permanente received the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ inaugural Health Equity Award for its commitment to reducing and eliminating disparities in health care quality and access to care.

Kaiser Permanente was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2021 and 2022. 

Joined LCLD in 2019

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows Nomination:
2022: India Brim, Chantale Dasher, Ruhee Divgi; 2021: Lucille Yee; 2020: Jamaal Thomas

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2021: Tam Bui, Karen Lam, Josephine Chin

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2022: Gloria Oh

Leadership Summit (2021)

Member: Vanessa Benavides

Diversity Professional: Michelle Thomas