Tricia Hunter M.N. ’83 is a health care consultant, legislative advocate and a former member of the California State Legislature. During her four-year tenure in the California State Assembly she served as vice chair and lead republican of the Education Committee, the Committee on Health and the Committee on Human Services. Hunter served fifteen years as a gubernatorial appointee. She was appointed to the California Medical Assistance Commission and served twice as an appointee on the Board of Registered Nursing, including two years as president.
She is, or has been, an active member of Rotary, the Coachella Valley Lincoln Club, National Women’s Political Caucus, Big Sisters, Red Cross, California Electoral Women’s Association and university advisory committees. Hunter volunteers in Mexico five times a year for Smiles International, a Rotary program providing oral maxio facial surgery to children. She has been on missions to the Ukraine and organized a trip to India. Hunter is a noted public speaker and has written many articles including "Regulatory Process in the State of California," "Legislative Process: How We Impact It" and "Being a Nurse Politician".