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Anne L. Bakar

President and Chief Executive Officer
Telecare Board of Directors Member

 

Anne has served as President and CEO of Telecare Corporation for more than three decades, taking over the role at age 29, after the unexpected death of her father.

Founded in Oakland, CA, in 1965, Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company and is one of the largest and most respected national providers of behavioral health services for individuals with complex mental illness needs.

Telecare partners with public mental health systems, health plans, and private hospitals, providing a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services, ranging from acute care to Assertive Community Treatment.

She has led the organization’s successful expansion through turbulent health care cycles over the years, growing from five Northern California inpatient programs in 1987, to more than 100 programs in eight states today, with 3,400 staff members serving approximately 30,000 individuals each year. 

Hallmarks of her leadership include the creation of an innovative recovery-oriented clinical system, the establishment of an independent physician services organization, the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 1997, the consistent recognition of Telecare as a “Best Place to Work,” and a vast array of public/private partnerships that have infused systems of care nationally with renewed hope for recovery and greater efficiency.

In addition to her Board of Directors role at Telecare, Ms. Bakar is involved in numerous civic and community activities. She is a national board member for the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, a member of the National Council of Behavioral Health, the World President’s Organization, and the Jewish Community Federation. She also serves in advisory roles at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. 

She has received formal commendations for her role from United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, as well as former State Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, former State Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata. At Telecare’s 50th anniversary, Anne also received formal recognitions from the Alameda and Los Angeles County Boards of Supervisors.  She was recently inducted into the Bay Area Council Business Hall of Fame.

Anne graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley.