County of Marin Health and Human Services

Benita McLarin, FACHE

Benita McLarin, FACHE

Prior to assuming the role of Director, Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, Ms. McLarin served as the Chief Operating Officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California for over five years.

Previously Ms. McLarin also served as Vice President, Ambulatory Health Care Services for Alameda Health System and served in senior positions for Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Solano County Health and Social Services Department. Ms. McLarin also served over 20 years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the United States Army which included several overseas assignments to Germany and Korea, as well as deployments to Honduras, Bosnia and Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. Ms. McLarin is a combat veteran and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Ms. McLarin received her Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, her Master of Health Administration degree from Chapman University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. McLarin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army. She is a graduate fellow of the California Health Leadership College and a graduate of the Boston-based Disparities Leadership Program.

Ms. McLarin enjoys mentoring and encouraging young people and early careerists. She is a board member and mentor with the Bay-Area iMentor program. She is a member of the Washington University Alumni and Parents Admissions Program. Ms. McLarin also enjoys working in the community and is the leader and coordinator in her church community outreach program which provides free support groups for cancer and grief, education in diabetes and more.

Photo Credit: HHS Employee, David Uribe