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Hildegarde Aguinaldo

Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel at DaVita Inc. & Vice President of the Board of Governors, California Community Colleges


Hildegarde Aguinaldo currently serves as Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel for DaVita Inc., an international healthcare company with over 2,500 clinics and 200,000 patients, where she leads a talented team of litigators and legal professionals handling matters nationwide. Ms. Aguinaldo also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 116 colleges serving over 1.8 million students. In these corporate and governmental capacities, she has held key roles in equity efforts, including having developed transformational mission statements, served on interdisciplinary taskforces, and deployed equity training with enterprise and systemwide impact.

Prior to DaVita, Ms. Aguinaldo served as in-house counsel to a Fortune 10 healthcare company, and also at a national law firm as outside counsel to tertiary care hospitals and academic health centers. Her practice benefitted from the heightened understanding of healthcare systems she gained from her post-graduate studies in public health and her service as a board member of a community hospital within one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in California, for whom she endeavored to establish the first pediatric trauma center in the San Fernando Valley.

Concurrently with her appointment to the BOG by Governor Gavin Newsom, Ms. Aguinaldo also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Calbright College, California’s first fully online college leveraging technology to deliver strong outcomes for a focused population of learners. Prior to the BOG, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Ms. Aguinaldo to the California Acupuncture Board, where she was served as President and Chair of its Enforcement Committee. At the local level, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appointed her to the Los Angeles County Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery Commission. Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon had also selected her as Deputy of Health and Legal Affairs for Council District 7, after having served in his Senate and Assembly offices.

In addition to health care and the law, Ms. Aguinaldo’s longest commitment has been to advocate for the Asian American community. In 2014, following over a decade of involvement in the organization, she served as President of the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA), where she sharpened PABA’s efforts to advance judicial diversity and promote civic engagement. In 2018, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) recognized Ms. Aguinaldo as one of its "Best Lawyers Under 40." She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), where she continues her long-standing work to celebrate the contributions of the Asian American community and empowering students and attorneys to advance in the legal profession.

Ms. Aguinaldo is a second-generation Filipina-American. She lives in the Santa Clarita Valley with her husband, son, and daughter.


Hildegarde Aguinaldo