Dr. J. Mario Molina - President and CEO, Molina Healthcare Inc. - Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College graduate Dr. J. Mario Molina is President and Chief Executive Officer of Molina Healthcare Inc., a company that his father, Dr. C. David Molina founded in 1980.

He has served in various capacities at the company since its inception. As the medical director, Dr. Mario Molina worked with providers and clinics while overseeing medical and risk management issues. As vice president, he was responsible for provider contracting, member services, marketing and quality assurance. He received the Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named as an honoree of the Greater Long Beach National Conference for Community and Justice.

Additionally, Dr. Molina was a 2002 inductee of the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame.

"I had a wonderful experience at Long Beach City College," Molina said. "My classes were small in size, allowing me to get to know my professors. I also had the opportunity to participate in clubs and learn leadership skills that I might not have gotten at a larger university. When I transferred, I found that LBCC had prepared me to succeed in my upper division coursework."

In 2005, Dr. Molina was also featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. Hispanic Business magazine lists Molina Healthcare as the largest Hispanic business in America in terms of revenue and growth. The company was recently named to the 2012 Fortune 500 list.

Dr. Molina is a member of numerous organizations including the American College of Physicians. He is on the board at the California Medical Association Foundation and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Molina is also a board member of Homeboy Industries, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Dr. Molina and his younger brother, John Molina, were named the 2006 Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Molina received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Long Beach and a doctor of medicine degree at the University of Southern California. He also received his associate degree in physical science from Long Beach City College. He performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland and a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at University of California, San Diego.

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