Francisco Carrillo is the founder, president and CEO of SIMNSA Health Plan, a licensed medical services plan in California. In 2000 SIMNSA became the first Mexican organization to obtain regulatory approval in the state of California, with the issuance of its Knox-Keene license. In 1998, Carrillo played an instrumental role in the development and approval of the legislature that amended the California law and created opportunities for true cross-border health plans in California. Prior to the creation of SIMNSA, Carrillo worked as a consultant for more than 20 years with unions and other organizations seeking cross-border medical care. Much of his career was dedicated to helping employers in the agricultural sector who wanted to provide health care services in Mexico for their employees and their families. Carrillo was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a child. Being the son of migrant workers, his main drive and passion in life has been to continue to develop cross-border health initiatives between Mexico and the United States. He currently lives in San Diego, California and has dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico.