Priya Smith is the Medical Group Administrator for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose. She manages the operations and a multimillion-dollar budget for multiple sites including San Jose, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Scotts Valley. Partnering with the Physician-in-Chief in overseeing approximately 500 physicians and 2,000 staff throughout the various medical offices, Priya helps ensure that more than 252,000 members receive exceptional care. She has dedicated her entire career to serving TPMG at the San Jose Medical Center, starting as an intern at Kaiser Permanente during her post-graduate studies. She has served in a number of management roles over the years and led the application for Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the conversion of paper to electronic medical records.
Among her many accomplishments, Priya was selected as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence as well as its 40 Under 40 recognition. She served on the Leadership Morgan Hill Board from 2008 to 2011 and was elected President during her final year. In 2019, Priya joined the city of San Jose Work2Future Board and was recently appointed Vice Chair. She was drawn to Second Harvest because she believes there is a strong connection between food and health and the mission aligns with her own values. She volunteered and donated to Second Harvest for years before joining the board in 2022.
Born in India and raised in Hong Kong, Priya came to the United States and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. She loves to spend time with her family on their ranch with their animals, as well as reading, writing and yoga. She also enjoys traveling to expose her son to many different cultures around the world.