The D.C. Primary Care Association announced Wednesday its longtime executive director, Sharon Baskerville, will step down next month.

In a statement, the association’s board of directors says Baskerville’s last day will be Dec. 3.

“The Board of Directors expresses its great appreciation to Sharon for her passion, vision, leadership, and advocacy.  DCPCA and more importantly our community is a better, more just place because of her tremendous contributions,” said Dr. Rhonique Shields-Harris, chairwoman of the board.

Baskerville was the founding executive director of the association, created in 1998 to advocate for expanded health care options for low-income residents.  During her 14-year tenure, Baskerville worked closely with city officials and health care providers to help the city achieve near universal access to health insurance, boost the quality and number of community health clinics, and enhance medial record keeping.

Baskerville was well respected by lawmakers and advocates. She frequently testified at council hearings on a range of issues, including the need to boost spending on mental health services.

Baskerville is leaving as the city is stepping up its preparations to implement major components of federal health care reform legislation.