California Policy Summit 2018
Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Internal Communications, Blue Shield of California
Mary O’Hara is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Internal Communications at Blue Shield of California, a 4-million-member nonprofit health plan that serves the state’s commercial, individual and government markets. O’Hara joined Blue Shield in 2013 and brings to the position more than 25 years of experience leading award-winning talent and development strategies across large enterprises in many sectors. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Toronto-based TD Bank Financial Group. O’Hara was recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in 2015 and 2016, and Forever Influential in 2017 by the San Francisco Business Times. She was also named one of 2016’s Most Powerful & Influential Women of California by the California Diversity Council. She received a Women of Achievement Award for Distinction in Business from Legal Momentum in 2017. O’Hara earned a Master of Arts degree in organization and leadership studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. She holds a Professional in Human Resources certificate and studied at the University of Southern California, Queen’s University in Canada and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.