Transamerica Institute

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.


Ambar Carlisle Salgueiro 

Program Manager


Ambar serves as the Program Manager for the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit organization focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape.  Ambar was chosen to manage the new non-profit because of her experience in the health care industry within the private, nonprofit, and government sectors.

 “The Transamerica Center for Health Studies empowers consumers and employers with information they need to make educated decisions regarding health and health care,” said Carlisle Salgueiro.  “The TCHS website is a unique place where consumers and small business owners in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can get unbiased information about health coverage and health care reform.”

Ambar began her career at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. managing a farm worker health care program.   She served as the Jesse Unruh Fellow for the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee in the California State Legislature. She then worked as a policy consultant in the California State Legislature in the office of Assemblymember Hector De La Torre before joining a non-profit health care insurer. Ambar currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Justice and the Williams Institute LA Leadership Council.

Ambar earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California San Diego and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.  While at UCLA School of Law, Ambar was the Co- Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, was a managing editor of the Dukeminier Awards and was a Pegging Browning Law Fellow.