Lori R. Donaldson

Lori R. Donaldson, Chief Financial Officer, UC San Diego Health 

Chief Financial Officer, UC San Diego Health

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Lori R. Donaldson is the chief financial officer (CFO) at UC San Diego Health, the region’s only academic health system. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the financial strategies, operating and capital budgets, and system of financial reporting and controls that support the overall vision, mission, goals and objectives of UC San Diego Health. She is actively involved in planning and executing strategic partnerships and oversees financial planning and funding strategies in support of UC San Diego Health’s large capital projects, including Jacobs Medical Center.

Ms. Donaldson oversees a budget of more than $1 billion. She is actively involved in the University of California’s Leveraging Scale for Value initiative to encourage collaboration among the UC health centers and increase efficiency and operational excellence. Under Donaldson’s guidance, UC San Diego Health has consistently reported margins in excess of industry averages. She was named CFO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal in 2015.

Ms. Donaldson came to UC San Diego Health in 1990 and served as its controller for 13 years prior to her appointment as CFO in July 2010. She has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, including financial accounting, revenue cycle and budget operations, business planning, external financing, capital planning and long-term financial forecasting in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, she was an assistant vice president of financial planning and analysis for a large financial institution.

Ms. Donaldson brings her dedication to healthcare to the community, where she is an active member of the Bannister Family House (BFH) board and is passionate about the role that BFH plays to support UC San Diego Health’s patients and their families. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and San Diego State University Alumni Association. Ms. Donaldson received her bachelor of science in business administration / accounting from San Diego State University.

When not at work, Ms. Donaldson enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking and boating.