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United States of Care Expands Executive Team

Published On December 14, 2021

Michelle Edgerton Joins as Chief Development Officer, Kristin Wikelius Elevated to Chief Program Officer 

Washington, D.C. – United States of Care (USofCare) today announced Michelle Edgerton as Chief Development Officer where she will lead the organization’s efforts to forge stronger and new philanthropic partnerships. Edgerton, who is based in Minnesota, brings nearly two decades of proven success to the role as a fundraiser and senior executive leader.

“I have no doubt that Michelle Edgerton will help United States of Care make a bigger and better impact for people,” Natalie Davis, CEO, and Co-Founder of USofCare, said. “For too long, our nation’s health care system has been disproportionately influenced by partisan politics and industry special interests, rather than the needs of real people. Michelle’s philanthropic leadership will advance United States of Care’s mission to build a better, more equitable health care system that’s more affordable, dependable, personal, and understandable for all people.” 

A sought-after speaker, Edgerton currently serves as President of the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Minnesota Chapter and is a member of AFP’s Global Board of Directors. Edgerton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Wake Forest University and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Augsburg University. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary.  

“I am passionate about United States of Care’s mission because I have a deep and personal commitment to the advancement of all people,” Michelle Edgerton, Chief Development Officer of United States of Care, said. “I look forward to working with the USofCare team to expand its philanthropic partnerships, grow its reach, and improve our nation’s health care system so it truly meets people’s needs.”

USofCare also announced the promotion of Kristin Wikelius to Chief Program Officer, leading USofCare’s work to identify people-centered solutions, communicate with policymakers and the public, and drive state and federal policy change.

“United States of Care is poised to catalyze change in 2022 and beyond,” Kristin Wikelius, Chief Program Officer at USofCare, said. “I am excited to partner with Michelle and the rest of the team to  build the next generation of health care solutions that put people first.” 

Part of the original founding team, Wikelius joined USofCare in May 2018 where she’s been integral to the organization’s growth and success. A leading expert in health care policy at the state and federal levels, Wikelius has also been instrumental in helping USofCare achieve tangible policy wins in Congress and the states. Before USofCare, she worked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade. Wikelius holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.