Executive Director

Joy Burkhard, MBA, Executive Director

Joy is a founder, Executive Director and Board Chair of 2020 Mom, a non-profit 501c3 organization formed in 2011 and formerly known as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. Though the non-profit is still young, 2020 Mom has become well known for it’s work convening, collaborating and inspiring change in the maternal mental health field. Recognizing doctors alone can’t fix the maternal mental health problem, 2020 Mom looks at the common denominators in a woman’s life during this time: 99% of women deliver at hospitals and 83% (as of March 2014) have health insurance, and identified the best practices in it’s framework for change, called the 2020 Mom Project. Recognizing the shortage of trained providers and training programs, 2020 Mom launched a web-based training program in MMH, with a sister non-profit, Postpartum Support International, in 2013. Joy also founded the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health in 2013. The National Coalition brings together the leaders of other non-profits focused on maternal mental health, to engage in collective impact. Joy often travels to speak about maternal mental health and has been invited to speak to groups like the NIH Fellows in 2014 and 2015. She was recently invited to join the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Executive Committee. In addition to running the non-profit, Joy serves as a compliance project manager for Cigna, where she has worked for 20 years. She is responsible for leading complex national projects. Her experience includes serving as the California compliance officer, engaging with regulators and others on complex topics like access to care, and has spanned from managing call center staff, to running large quality improvement programs and accreditation. Her knowledge of the complexities of health care delivery systems and passion in large-scale sustainable improvement projects has fueled her work in maternal mental health. Before founding 2020 Mom, Joy had a rich volunteer life with the Junior League, serving most recently as the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee Co-Chair and was recognized by the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2013 with their Founder’s Cup, given to just 4 women in 85 years. Joy is a wife and the mother of two children Alex (8) and Emelia (7) and lives in Valencia, California (Los Angeles area).