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Board of Trustees

Drew Altman, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, KFF

Drew Altman is an innovator in the world of foundations and non-profits and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues. He founded the current-day KFF in the early 1990’s.  He is also Founding Publisher of KFF’s Kaiser Health News, the largest health newsroom in the U.S., distributing coverage of health issues through major news outlets across the country. > Full Bio

James E. Canales (Vice-Chair)

President & Trustee, Barr Foundation

Jim Canales was appointed President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Prior to joining Barr, he spent two decades in a variety of roles at The James Irvine Foundation in California, including President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 through 2014.  He maintains a broad range of volunteer engagements. > Full Bio

Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH

President and Chief Executive Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System in March 2014. Dr. Cerise previously served as Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Cerise was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. > Full Bio

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

CEO, National League for Nursing

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President and CEO of the National League for Nursing (NLN). Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, including as Federal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health under President Bill Clinton. She was elected for two terms as President of the American Nurses Association representing 180,000 nurses. > Full Bio

Kevin Merida

Executive Editor of Los Angeles Times

Kevin Merida is the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the Times in June 2021, Mr. Merida was a Senior Vice President at ESPN and Editor in Chief of The Undefeated. He spent 22 years at The Washington Post in a variety of reporting and editing roles including Managing Editor for News and Features Coverage helping lead the Post to four Pulitzer Prizes. > Full Bio

Marcella Nunez-Smith MD, MHS

Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; C.N.H Long Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale. She served as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Chair of the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force > Full Bio

Soledad O’Brien

Founder, Soledad O’Brien Productions
Anchor & Producer, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist, who founded Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. She anchors and produces the Hearst TV political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports. > Full Bio

Kathleen Sebelius

CEO, Sebelius Resources LLC
Former United States Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s foremost experts on national and global health issues, human services, and executive leadership. As CEO of Sebelius Resources LLC, she provides strategic advice to companies, investors, and non-profit organizations. She served as the United States’ 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009. > Full Bio

Sue E. Siegel

Former Chief Innovation Officer of GE and CEO of GE Ventures

Sue Siegel has been a CEO, VC, and a Board member for big and small, private, public, and non-profit organizations. She is a visionary leader known for driving total shareholder returns. By identifying and seizing transformative opportunities, Ms. Siegel helps organizations build new markets and impact lives. She has been recognized as Fortune’s “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care” and as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” > Full Bio

Olympia Snowe (Chair)

Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
Former United States Senator, Maine

Olympia J. Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she is also a member of its Board of Directors and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. > Full Bio

Peter J. Taylor, MPP

President, ECMC Foundation

Peter Taylor is President of ECMC Foundation. He has led more than $225 million of grants and investments in initiatives affecting educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of college success and career readiness. Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of California system. > Full Bio

Frederick O. Terrell

Senior Advisor, Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Frederick Terrell is a Senior Advisor with Centerbridge Partners, L.P. He is the former Executive Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse. Mr. Terrell has a broad background in investment and finance and currently serves on the audit committee as a member of the board of Paramount Global. > Full Bio

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP

Managing Partner, Tuckson Health Connections

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, is Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, and is a Co-Founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID, a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary effort working to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, D.C. and nationally. He previously held numerous leadership positions in health care in the public and private sectors. > Full Bio