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Founders Council

The Founders Council is one of the most powerful councils of cross-sector national health care experts and thought leaders who provide guidance and leverage influence.

Names starting with A

  • Drew Altman

    President and CEO, Kaiser Family Foundation

  • Mayra E. Alvarez

    President, The Children’s Partnership

Names starting with B

  • Peter B. Bach, MD

    Director, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes

  • John Bardis

    Chairman and CEO, Share M.D; Former Assistant Secretary of Administrations, U.S. Departement of Health and Human Services

  • Max Baucus

    Founder, Baucus Group; Former U.S. Senator from Montana; Former U.S. Ambassador to China

  • Melanie Bella, MBA

    Chief of New Business and Policy, Cityblock Health; Chair, Medicaid and Chip Payment and Access Commission; Former Director, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office

  • Donald M. Berwick, MD

    President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Tom Betlach

    Partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies; Former Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

  • David Brailer, MD, PhD

    Chairman, Health Evolution; National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Under President George W. Bush

Names starting with C

  • Lanhee Chen, PhD

    David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institutionl; Director of Domest Policy Studies and Lecturer in Public Policy, Standford University

  • Esther Choo, MD, MPH

    Founder, Equity Quotient; Founding Member, TIME’S UP Healthcare; Emergency Medicine Physician and Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Patrick Conway, MD

    Chief Executive Officer of Care Solutions, Optum at UnitedHealth Group

  • Zack Cooper, PhD

    Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Economics, Yale University

  • Molly Coye, MD, MPH

    Executive in Residence, Avia; Social Entrepreneur in Residence, NEHI; Former Commissioner of Health, State of New Jersey; Former Director, California State Department of Health Services

  • Mark Cuban

    Investor and Entrepreneur

Names starting with D

  • Tom Daschle

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota

  • Pete Davidson

    Comedian and Mental Health Advocate

  • Richard Deem

    Former Senior Vice President, Advocacy, American Medical Association

  • Charlie Dent

    Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper; Former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania

  • John Driscoll

    CEO, CareCentrix

  • Lauren Driscoll

    Founder and cEO, Project Well; Senior Advisor, Leavitt Partners

  • Dave Durenberger

    Former U.S. Senator From Minnesota

Names starting with F

  • Jon Favreau

    Founder; Crooked Media; Co-Host, Pod Save America; Former Head Speechwriter For President Obama

  • Trevor Fetter, MBA

    Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Former Chairman and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corporation

  • Thomas Fisher, MD, MPH

    Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Chicago

  • Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA

    Founder and Principal, Promoting Practical Health, Inc.; Founder and CEO, Grapevine Health; Clinical Professor, The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Medical Epidemiologist

Names starting with G

  • Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

    Surgeon; Public Health Researcher; Writer

  • Rebekah Gee, MD

    CEO, Louisiana State University Health Care Services, Former Secretary of Louisiana Department of Health

  • Penny George, PsyD

    Board Chair, George Family Foundation

  • Bill George, MBA

    Vice Chair, George Family Foundation; Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; Former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic

  • Gabrielle Giffords

    Co-Founder, Giffords; Former U.S. Representative from Arizona

  • Rick Gilfillan, MD

    Former CEO, Trinity Health; Former Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

  • Darin Gordon

    President and CEO, Gordon & Associates;Commissioner, Medicaid and Chip Payment and Access Commission; Founding Partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies; Former Director, Tennessee Medicaid – TennCare

  • Charles Grim, DDS

    Secretary of Health, Chickasaw Nation; Former Executive Director, Cherokee nation health Services

Names starting with H

  • Jim Haveman

    President, Haveman Group; Former Director, Michigan Department of Community Health; Coalition Provisional Authority Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Health Under George Bush

  • Dennis Heaphy, M.Div, M.Ed, MPH

    Health Justice Policy Advocate, Disability Policy Consortium

  • Sandra Hernández, MD

    President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

  • Rod Hochman, MD

    President and CEO, Providence St. Joseph Health

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD

    President, American Action Forum; Former Commissioner, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Chief Economist to President George W. Bush

  • Dora L. Hughes, MD, MPH

    Research Associate Professor of Health Policy & Managment, Milken Institute School of Public Health; Research Associate Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University

  • Elena Hung

    Parent Advocate; President and Co-Founder, Little Lobbyist

Names starting with J

  • Cara V. James, PhD

    President and CEO, Grantmakers in Health

  • Chris Jennings

    Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies; Former Senior Health Care Advisor to Presidents Obama and Clinton

Names starting with K

  • Dean Kamen

    Inventor and Philanthropist

  • Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS

    Former President and CEO, Catholic Health Association

  • Patrick Kennedy

    Former U.S. Representative from Rhode Island

  • Bob Kocher

    Partner, Venrock; Former Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy on the National Economic Council

  • Bill Kramer, MBA

    Executive Director for Health Policy, Purchaser Business Group on Health

  • Sarah Krevans

    President and CEO, Sutter Health

Names starting with L

  • Leonard Lance

    Former U.S. Representative from New Jersey

  • Curtis S. Lane, MBA

    Former Chair, Executive Advisory Board of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Founding Partners, MTS Health Partners; Founding Partner, Windrose Health Investors; Investor and Entrepreneur

  • Margaret Laws

    President and CEO, Hopelab

  • Mike Leavitt

    Founder, Leavitt Partners; Former Governor of Utah; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Under President George Bush

  • Alan Levine

    Executive Chairman, President, and CEO, Ballad Health

Names starting with M

  • Abel Maldonado

    California’s 48th Lieutenant Governor

  • Beverly Malone, PhD, RN

    CEO, National League for Nursing; Former President, American Nurses Association

  • Abner Mason

    Founder and CEO, Consejosano; Member of President George W. Bush’s Advisory Council on HIV/Aids

  • Chirlane McCray

    First Lady of New York City; Founder of ThriveNYC and the Cities Thrive Coalition

  • Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH, FACOG

    Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of Maryland

  • Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD

    Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust

  • Peter Morley

    Patient Advocate

  • Ian Morrison, PhD

    Health Care Futurist; Author; Consultant

  • Farzad Mostashari, MD

    CEO, Aledade

Names starting with N

  • Janice Nevin, MD, MPH

    President and CEO, Christiana Care Health System

  • Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson

    Interim President, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Names starting with O

  • Peter Orszag

    CEO of Financial Advisory, Lazard; Former Director of the Office of Management and Budge under President Obama

Names starting with P

  • Anand Parekh, MD

    Chief Medical Officer, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Todd Park

    Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Devoted Health; Entrepreneur; Former Chief Technology Officer of the United States

  • Peter WT Pisters, MD, MHCM

    President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Ron Pollack

    Chair Emeritus and Former Founding Executive Director, Families USA

  • Ai-Jen Poo

    Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Director, Caring Across Generations; Co-Founder, Supermajority

  • Trevor Price

    Founder and CEO, Oxeon Holdings

  • Thomas M. Priselac

    President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Names starting with R

  • Judy Rich, RN, MSN

    President and CEO, TMC Healthcare

  • Andy Richter

    Actor and Activist

  • Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • George T. Roberts, Jr.

    CEO, Northeast Texas Public Health District

Names starting with S

  • Ninfa Saunders, PhD, MBA

    Executive In Residence, AVIA

  • Mina Schultz

    Patient and Advocate; ACA Outreach and Enrollment Program Manager, Young Invincibles

  • Lan Sena

    Community Leader; Health Care Advocate; Cancer Patient

  • Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

    Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation, Medstar Health; Former Director, Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services

  • Joshua Sharfstein, MD

    Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Randi Mayem Singer

    Screenwriter; Producer; Showrunner; Alzheimer’s Advocate

  • David Smith

    Medicaid Transformation Project Executive, Avia; Founder, Third Horizon Strategies

  • Kim A. Smith

    Speaker, Author, Executive Coach

  • Mark Smith, MD, MBA

    Founding President and Former CEO, California Health Care Foundation

  • Nicole Smith-Holt

    Patient Advocate; Co-Chair, Minnesota Advisory Task Force on Lowering Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Names starting with T

  • Eric Topol, MD

    Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute; Professor, Molecular Medicine, and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research

  • Susan L. Turney, MD, MS

    CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Names starting with W

  • Vikki Wachino

    CEO, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; Former Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and Chip Services

  • Natalie Weaver

    Parent Advocate; Founder, Sophia’s Voice; Co-Founder, Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC

  • Jim Weinstein, DO

    Senior Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare; Former CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

  • Leana Wen, MD, MSc

    Emergency Physician; Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health

  • Gary Wertish

    President, Minnesota Farmers Union

  • Penny Wheeler, MD

    President and CEO, Allina Health

  • Bradley Whitford

    Actor and Activist

  • Gail Wilensky, PhD

    Economist; Senior Fellow, Project Hope; Former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration under President George H.W. Bush

Names starting with Z

  • Cindy Zeldin, MA, MPH

    Consumer Advocate; Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates; former Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

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