Arun Baheti is vice president of operations for The California Wellness Foundation. He brings deep executive experience leading teams and partnering with business units to implement and manage complex systems in a variety of sectors, including government, non-profit, technology, financial services, and politics.
His department manages grants management, information technology, facilities, vendor management, and risk management. He also oversees human resources, legal, contracting, and compliance.
Before joining Cal Wellness in 2018, he simultaneously served as director of finance and operations for the Writers Guild Foundation and as a consultant to The Bluebook International, where he served as senior vice president and corporate counsel. He was previously managing director of the California Democratic Party and California’s first director of eGovernment in the Office of the Governor. He also consulted for Covered California, where he led a successful statewide effort to increase enrollment in minority communities during the Affordable Care Act’s launch.
Baheti is board chair of the Program for Torture Victims, a non-profit that works to restore the health and human dignity of refugees who are survivors of state-sponsored human rights abuse. Among his numerous awards are the eWeek/Technology Manager Forum’s Technology Innovation Best Practice Award, Wharton School’s Business Transformation Award, and the Council of State Governments’ Award of Excellence.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology and Politics and in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his JD from UCLA. He is a member of the California bar.
abaheti [at] calwellness.org