Mr. Andrew McGuire

San Francisco, California
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Policy & Education
Public Health & Safety
Social Justice
Gender-Based Violence


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California OneCare. Prior to this position, Andrew was Executive Director of Health Care for All-California for six years, after serving as Executive Director of the Trauma Foundation at San Francisco General Hospital for 35 years. He has been directly involved in or has led many public health campaigns that have prevented traumatic injuries. As the first director of Action Against Burns he successfully lobbied for a flame resistant sleepwear standard (sizes 7-14) in Massachusetts and established one of the first self-help groups for burn survivors. In 1978, as Executive Director of the Trauma Foundation, he began and led a national campaign for fire-safe cigarettes (cigarettes which will self-extinguish). The campaign has achieved mandatory fire-safety regulation of cigarettes throughout the U.S, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Russia and, in 2011, the 27 countries of the European Union. Andrew was on the founding board of directors of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and was national Acting Executive Director. He organized and served as statewide director of the California Coalition to Reduce Car Crash Injuries, which assisted in passage of the mandatory seatbelt law. He led two successful statewide campaigns in California to ban small-caliber handguns known as Saturday Night Specials and .50 caliber sniper rifles. In 1998, he established the first national grassroots gun control organization, the Bell Campaign, which was later renamed the Million Mom March (MMM). He Chaired the March on the U.S. Capitol Mall, which was attended by over 700,000 people and directed the MMM until 2001. Andrew is a MacArthur Fellow (1985-1990), Kellogg National Leadership Fellow (1982-1985), and received an Emmy Award after his film, “Here’s Looking At You, Kid,” was broadcast by PBS. He has two Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: conferred by the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, and by California State University. He holds the position of Associate in the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Department, Sonoma State University.