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Ria Berger

CEO, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County

Ria Berger

Ria Berger is the CEO of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, a large nonprofit oral health care provider for children. Since 2014, Berger has spearheaded Healthy Smiles’ growth, increasing revenue 250 percent in three years, tripling the number of employees and cutting employee turnover in half, all while maintaining low administrative costs and piloting an innovative teledentistry program. Berger has more than 30 years of operations, human resources and business development experience in multicultural, multisite locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Previously, she was a vice president of Human Resources for several Fortune 500 companies. With experience in the health care, retail and service industries, Berger possesses an extensive background in strategy, operations, board recruitment, leadership reorganization, change management, culture transformation, and mergers and acquisitions. She has taught HR and business courses at University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California. Berger earned a master’s degree in public administration, specializing in organizational development, from the University of Southern California, and she is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow. She was appointed a CalOptima director in August 2016.

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