Dr. Jei Africa, PsyD, MSCP, CATC-V
Dr. Jei Africa, PsyD, MSCP, CATC-V, is the Assistant Director of Human Services Agency at the County of San Mateo. He is an innovative thought-leader, strategist and clinician who is passionate about integrating effective culturally responsive practices into the core functioning of County services.
Most recently, Dr. Africa was the Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at the County of Marin. In his tenure of four and a half years, he focused on expanding community outreach, engagement and access to underserved communities, expanded the continuum of care for justice-involved behavioral health clients and led the acquisition of several critical residential facility projects for residents who have mental health and substance use conditions. He also championed and led many initiatives that resulted in BHRS becoming a more trauma-informed, culturally humble and anti-racist organization.
For over a decade, Dr. Africa served as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity with the San Mateo County Health System where he led agency-wide efforts addressing health equity that received State recognition. He spearheaded the development of the first-ever multi-disciplinary behavioral health LGBTQ+ community center, led the health system’s change efforts to enable the collection of SOGI data for all patients, and was instrumental in the opening of a transgender health clinic. Prior to that, he was Clinical Director at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse and Manager of Youth Treatment Services at Asian American Recovery Services. In addition to his professional work, Dr. Africa was appointed to serve as a founding member of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission, and currently volunteers with the Alliance for Community Empowerment (ALLICE), an all-Filipino organization that provides free education on healthy relationships. He also served on the board of National Alliance on Mental Illness California (NAMI CA) and the College of Behavioral Health Leadership. Currently, he is a board member of Voices of Recovery-San Mateo and Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.
Jei Africa holds a Post-doctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology, a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Africa received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of the Philippines (Manila), in Behavioral Science.
He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and at the Mabuhay Health Clinic, a free student-run clinic affiliated with the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He was a member of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) IX. Currently, he is a member of the Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee under the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Africa is a fellow with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Leadership Institute.
Jei was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the United States (2009) and received the California Statewide Cultural Competence Professional Award (2009) for his leadership, professional contributions, and service promoting health equity and cultural competence. He was celebrated as one of the 2012 LGBT Local Heroes by KQED and Union Bank at the Castro Theater. In 2015, the California Psychological Association awarded him with the Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award for his exemplary work in promoting equity and social justice. He received both the Health Equity Changemaker Award from the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area Municipal Election Committee (BAYMEC) Service Award in 2017.
Dr. Africa is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds certification in both substance use and trauma, a certified executive coach and a credentialed county senior executive.
He was the first openly transgender county behavioral health director in the state and in the US.