Our Staff

Hector De La Torre

Executive Director

Hector De La Torre is the Executive Director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape.  De La Torre was chosen to lead this new initiative because of his private and public sector experience, particularly his leadership role on health care and advocating for consumers and businesses.  Among his accomplishments as an elected official were expanding access to doctors in underserved communities, consumer protections against retroactive cancellation of health insurance, and supporting facilities improvements at Children’s Hospitals. 

“I feel that the Transamerica Center for Health Studies is a public service—consumers and businesses are looking for help as they try to navigate the shifting health care landscape,” said De La Torre.  “We at TCHS are committed to helping them better understand their options to make good health care decisions.”

De La Torre is also a member of the Board of Governors of LA Care, the largest public health plan in the United States with two million covered lives; a Trustee at Occidental College in Los Angeles, his alma mater; and serves on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a gubernatorial appointee. De La Torre served as a State Assemblymember for California’s 50th District from 2004-2010. Prior to that, he was Mayor and Councilmember in his hometown of South Gate.  

De La Torre has a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and attended the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Giselle Dizon

Program Specialist

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Giselle Dizon serves as Program Specialist for Transamerica Center for Health Studies. Giselle is passionate about the intersection of mental health and the law, and eliminating the stigma around the subject of mental health.

“In a constantly evolving healthcare system and as innovations in health continue, Transamerica Center for Health Studies strives to produce content and resources accessible to both businesses and the everyday consumer,” said Dizon. “TCHS aims to increase health literacy among consumers of all backgrounds by providing streamlined information on health and insurance topics relevant at every stage of life.”

In her role as Program Specialist for TCHS, she aspires to apply her passion for mental health in curating and creating content that empowers consumers in navigating the complex systems of both mental health treatment and the U.S. healthcare system. Giselle is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology & Law.