Board of Directors

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Leon T Andrews, Jr.

Leon Andrews is Director of the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative at National League of Cities.

Prior to joining the NLC he was a fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, where he coordinated a multistate youth policy and engagement initiative. He also serves on the boards of the National Recreation and Parks Association, the Youth Planners Network, Healthy Kids Healthy...

Oxiris Barbot, MD

Dr. Oxiris Barbot is the Commissioner of Health for New York City, a position she assumed in December 2018. With more than 25 years’ experience in public health and healthcare delivery, Dr. Barbot has dedicated her career to achieving health equity and is well poised to lead the nation’s premier health department.

As an innovative public health...

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Adolph P. Falcón, MPP

Adolph Falcón is the Executive Vice President of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. He provides leadership and management for the Alliance’s program, science, and policy portfolios.

He also serves as Director of the Alliance’s Healthy Americas Institute at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He is the principal investigator of Nuestros...

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Rayid Ghani, MS

Rayid Ghani is a senior fellow and research faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute and Harris School of Public Policy. Rayid directs the Center for Data Science and Public Policy and focuses on developing and applying data science methods to improve how governments and nonprofits make policy decisions.

He is also the co-founder of Edgeflip, an analytics and...

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Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, MD

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson is an experienced health executive who served in the private and public health sectors in Kentucky for over 20 years. 

Dr. Mayfield Gibson was the first African American and first woman commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She was responsible for expanding Kentucky’s newborn screening naming Kentucky with the highest incidence in...

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Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD

Darlene Oliver Hightower is associate vice president for community engagement and practice at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), where she manages implementation and evaluation of community programs aimed to improve health in RUMC’s community areas, partnering with interdisciplinary teams to address health inequities and oversee community- and school-based clinics and community outreach...

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Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD

Dayna Bowen Matthew is the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, with research interests in law and policy related to health care, public health, race, and equal protection. She is a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

In 2015, Professor...

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Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, MPhil

Michelle Mello is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and professor of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy, and teaches courses in torts and public health law. She is the author of more than 150 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system...

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Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA

Marc A. Nivet is the executive vice president for institutional advancement at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision and oversight for the areas of development, communications, marketing and public affairs, government affairs, and community and corporate relations.

Prior to his role at UT Southwestern, Dr. Nivet served as a member of the...

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Elizabeth Sobel Blum, MBA, MA

Elizabeth Sobel Blum, senior community development advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, leads the Dallas Fed’s work in “healthy communities”—those in which individuals and their communities are vibrant, thrive, and show resilience.

Through research, publications, events, and coalition building, Sobel Blum helps advance discussion about creating and supporting healthy...

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Julie Hutcheson Stoss, JD

Julie Hutcheson Stoss is vice president of government relations at Kaiser Permanente (KP). In this role, she leads the development of KP’s national policy positions and principles to advance strategic objectives, including access to care, creating a regulatory environment to meet the health care needs of Kaiser’s 12 million members and promoting the organization’s unique model of integrated...

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Stephen D. Sugarman, JD

Stephen D. Sugarman, JD, is a Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he has also served as associate dean.

He has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; University College, London; the University of Paris; the European University Institute, Florence; Kobe University Faculty of Law; Kyoto...