Paula Villescaz
Director of Legislative Advocacy


Paula Villescaz joined CWDA as Director of Legislative Advocacy in May 2021. In addition to overseeing CWDA’s legislative policy and advocacy, Paula also serves as one of CWDA’s federal liaisons. She has expertise in emergency response and disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and also helms this area for the association.

Immediately prior to joining CWDA, Paula served as Assistant Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. She also previously held positions as the Principal Consultant for the Assembly Health Committee and Advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Paula has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She is active in the community and currently serves as an elected member of the San Juan Unified School District.