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Michael Lighty is currently the Director of Administration and Public Policy for the California Nurses Association (CNA).
He manages CNA’s national effort for healthcare reform on the single-payer model, an issue he has worked on since 1991. He was campaign manager for the clean money initiative, Prop 89, which won a prestigious Pollie award for its phone campaign. In 2006, he coordinated CNA’s successful effort to reverse California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rollback of CNA’s landmark hospital nurse-to-patient staffing law.
CNA was a leader in the electoral rejection of Schwarzenegger’s special election ballot measures in November 2005. Lighty joined the CNA in 1994 as a Labor Representative and served as Political Director, coordinating a state-wide ballot initiative campaign for HMO reform in 1996. He was then-Mayor Jerry Brown’s first appointee to the Oakland Planning Commission, where he served for more than seven years. He has been active with nonprofit organizations devoted to healthcare reform, voter registration, urban planning, and lesbian and gay equality.
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