Board of Directors
A group of national leaders guides the Foundation in its grantmaking.
David Blumenthal, MD, MPP
David Blumenthal, MD, MPP was most recently the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 - 2011, Dr. Blumenthal served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where he was charged with building an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. Prior to his appointment to the administration, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician; director, Institute for Health Policy; and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System.
Dr. Blumenthal is a renowned health services researcher and national authority on health IT adoption. With his colleagues from Harvard Medical School, he authored the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. He is the author of over 200 scholarly publications, including most recently, “Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office,” which tells the history of U.S. Presidents’ involvement in health reform, from FDR through George W. Bush.
A member of the Institute of Medicine and a former board member and national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Blumenthal has held several leadership positions in medicine, government, and academia including Senior Vice President at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Management and Lecturer on Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government; and as a professional staff member on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research.
He was the founding chairman of AcademyHealth and served previously on the boards of the University of Chicago Health System and of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University.
Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
George Campbell Jr., PhD
George Campbell Jr., PhD is a physicist and president emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Founded in 1859, Cooper Union is an all honors college and one of America’s most selective institutions of higher education. Perennially at the top of U.S. News and World Report’s baccalaureate college rankings, it offers degrees in architecture, engineering and fine arts. All admitted students receive a full-tuition scholarship. Its historic Great Hall has provided a platform for leading thinkers and public figures, including many American presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, and has been the birth place of major social reform movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dr. Campbell spent much of his career at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories where he held various R&D and management positions. He later served as CEO of NACME Inc., a non-profit organization focused on engineering and science education and research in science and technology policy. He is a Director of Consolidated Edison, Inc., Barnes and Noble Inc., and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. He serves as a Trustee of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montefiore Medical Center, the New York Hall of Science, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Institute of International Education. Earlier in his career, Dr. Campbell served on the faculties of Nkumbi International College in Zambia and Syracuse University. He has published many papers and served on a number of national science and technology policy bodies, including the Morella Commission of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Board.
A former Simon Guggenheim Scholar, Dr. Campbell is a Fellow of the AAAS and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is the recipient of several honorary doctorates. He earned his PhD in theoretical physics from Syracuse University and a BS in physics from Drexel University, and he is a graduate of the Yale Executive Management Program.
Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD
Professor of Surgery and Director of Pediatric Transplantation
Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa, MD, is a third generation physician. After graduating from J. W. Nixon High School in Laredo, he attended Yale University, where he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Dr. Cigarroa earned his medical degree in 1983 from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with honors. During his postgraduate training, he became chief resident in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and completed fellowships in both Pediatric Surgery and Transplantation Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 2011, Dr. Cigarroa was awarded the Massachusetts General Hospital Trustees’ Medal in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the practice of medicine and patient care. He also was the recipient of the International Recognition Award by the Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Cardiovascular Society.
Upon completing his surgical training, Dr. Cigarroa joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995 where he served as director of pediatric surgery before serving as president of the institution from 2000-2009. As a Pediatric and Transplant Surgeon he established a multidisciplinary pediatric transplant program focused on kidney, liver and intestinal transplants with outstanding outcomes. In 2009, Dr. Cigarroa became the first Hispanic to be named chancellor of The University of Texas System. As chancellor, he oversaw one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, which consists of nine universities and six health institutions. He was also vice chairman for policy on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company. As Chancellor, Dr. Cigarroa’s leadership was critical in the establishment of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a Medical School in South Texas as part of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and enhancing engineering across The University of Texas System. His leadership was also critical in the legislation that allowed the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to be eligible for Permanent University Funds as well as enhancing the stewardship of the University of Texas West Texas Lands.
Dr. Cigarroa is a member of several prestigious societies, including the American College of Surgery, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, The Association of Transplant Surgery, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an honorary member of the National Academy of Science in Mexico. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. He was elected in 2010 to serve on the Yale Corporation, the university’s governing board. He also served as the 2010 president of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. Dr. Cigarroa served on the National Research Council Committee on Research Universities and on the American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Cigarroa to serve as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. In 2014, Dr. Cigarroa was appointed as a trustee of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
In January 2015, Dr. Cigarroa completed his tenure as Chancellor of The University of Texas System and was named the Director of Pediatric Transplantation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is also a Regent’s Special Liaison to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its Medical School.
Dr. Cigarroa and his wife, Graciela, an attorney, have two daughters, Maria Cristina and Barbara Carisa.
Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita and Professor, School of Nursing
Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and dean emeritus of the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her master’s degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Washington and her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she was the Sarah Frances Russell Distinguished Professor of Nursing Systems at UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1984-98, she was an administrator in the Department of Nursing, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and provided leadership in nursing and inter-professional research utilization and quality improvement projects.
Dr. Cronenwett is the principal investigator of a national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, currently in its third phase of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also the newly selected Nursing Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, in partnership with David Altman of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, and the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety and is an appointed member of the Special Medical Advisory Group on Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Cronenwett is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Her past service includes terms of office on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, editorial advisory boards of Applied Nursing Research, Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Measurement, and the Joint Commission Journal of Quality Improvement, and numerous offices in professional associations, including President of the New Hampshire Nurses Association and Chair of the American Nurses Association’s Congress of Nursing Practice.
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Dean, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Epidemiology
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, is Dean, DeLamar Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is also Professor of Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Fried is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics and an internationally renowned scientist who has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating the basis for a transition to an aging world that benefits all ages. She has led in defining the nature causes and consequences of frailty and disability in older adults and opportunities for prevention. Dr. Fried is the co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program that deploys the social capital of an aging society to improve the academic success of children in elementary schools while simultaneously promoting the health of the older volunteers. Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Federation for Aging Research’s Irving Wright Award, and the American Geriatrics Society Henderson Award. She was named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress and one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland. Dr. Fried is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and of the Association of American Physicians and has a Merit Award from the National Institute on Aging, and is a member of the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society and the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Challenges of an Aging World. Dr. Fried is an appointed member of the Macy Foundation Board.
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN is President of the John A Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to the health and wellbeing of older adults. She previously served as University Distinguished Professor & Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences & Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from New York University. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for her research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect which has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research. She has received many prestigious awards and invitations for named lectureships from noted universities. She served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She has held faculty appointments at Boston College, Columbia University, Yale University and the Harvard Division on Aging. She has also served as a visiting professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Case Western University.
Dr. Fulmer is dedicated to the advancement of intraprofessional health science education and progress in interdisciplinary practice and research. She was the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program.
Her clinical appointments have included the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the NYU-Langone Medical Center. She is a senior nurse in the Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Further, she is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as vice-chair. She completed a Brookdale National Fellowship and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. She has served as the first nurse on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and as the first nurse to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America.
Henry P. Johnson, MBA
President Wealth Management – Eastern Region
Mr. Johnson, President Wealth Management – Eastern Region for Northern Trust, a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals.
He previously served as president and chief executive officer for Fiduciary Trust Company International, where he held a variety of leadership roles prior to being named CEO. He is deeply engaged with arts, educational and cultural institutions in and around New York City, including Vassar College, The New York Botanical Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library and The Garden Conservancy. He also has prior professional experience at The Blackstone Group, Sotheby’s, Inc. and Sullivan & Cromwell.
Mr. Johnson earned a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Yale University.
Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Director of the Leading Change Studio
Dr. Howard K. Koh is Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In these roles, he advances leadership education and training at the School of Public Health as well as with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School and across Harvard University. From 2009-2014, Dr. Koh served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. During that time he oversaw 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. He also served as senior public health advisor to the Secretary. During his tenure, he promoted the disease prevention and public health dimensions of the Affordable Care Act, advanced outreach to enroll underserved and minority populations into health insurance coverage and was the primary architect of landmark HHS strategic plans for tobacco control, health disparities and chronic hepatitis. He also led interdisciplinary implementation of Healthy People 2020 and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as initiatives in a multitude of other areas, such as nutrition and physical activity (including HHS activities for Let’s Move!), cancer control, adult immunization, environmental health and climate change, women’s health, adolescent health, Asian American and Pacific Islander health, behavioral health, health literacy, multiple chronic conditions, organ donation and epilepsy.
Dr. Koh previously served at Harvard School of Public Health (2003-2009) as the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness. He has served as Principal Investigator of $20 million in research grant activities and has published more than 250 articles in the medical and public health literature. His writings touch areas such as health reform, disease prevention and health promotion, health disparities, tobacco control, cancer control, melanoma and skin oncology, public health preparedness, health literacy, health issues of the homeless and public health leadership.
Dr. Koh was Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1997-2003) after being appointed by Governor William Weld. As Commissioner, Dr. Koh led the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which included a wide range of health services, four hospitals, and a staff of more than 3,000 professionals. In this capacity, he emphasized the power of prevention and strengthened the state’s commitment to eliminating health disparities. During his service, the state saw advances in areas such as tobacco control, cancer screening, bioterrorism response after 9/11 and anthrax, health issues of the homeless, newborn screening, organ donation, suicide prevention and international public health partnerships.
Dr. Koh graduated from Yale College (where he was President of the Yale Glee Club) and the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as chief resident in both hospitals. He has earned board certification in four medical fields: internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and dermatology, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University. At Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, he was Professor of Dermatology, Medicine and Public Health as well as Director of Cancer Prevention and Control.
He has earned over 70 awards and honors for interdisciplinary accomplishments in medicine and public health, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society, the 2014 Sedgwick Memorial Medal from the American Public Health Association (the highest honor of the organization), and five honorary degrees. President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Koh as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (2000-2002). He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. A past Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for a Healthy Future (the group that pushed for the Commonwealth’s groundbreaking tobacco control initiative), Dr. Koh was named by the New England Division of the American Cancer Society as “one of the most influential persons in the fight against tobacco during the last 25 years.” He has also received the Champion Award from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the “Hero of Epilepsy” Award from the Epilepsy Foundation, the Distinguished National Leadership Award from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and the Baruch S. Blumberg Prize from the Hepatitis B Foundation. He was named to the K100 (the 100 leading Korean Americans in the first century of Korean immigration to the United States) and has received the Boston University Distinguished Alumnus Award. He enjoys the distinction of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on two different occasions: at Nationals Park in Washington DC on behalf of HHS (2011), and at Fenway Park where he was designated a “Medical All Star” by the Boston Red Sox (2003) in recognition of his national contributions to the field of early detection and prevention of melanoma.
Paul G. Ramsey, MD
Chief Executive Officer (UW Medicine) and Dean
Dr. Paul G. Ramsey is the chief executive officer (CEO) of UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He graduated from Harvard College in 1971 with honors in biochemistry, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975. After completing residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he came to the University of Washington in 1978. He served as coordinator of student teaching for the Department of Medicine from 1982-1990 and was associate chair of the department from 1988-1990. He was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine in 1992, and became the first holder of the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine in 1995.
Ramsey served as chair of the Department of Medicine until June 1997, when he was appointed vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. In 2006, he was named CEO of UW Medicine, and executive vice president of medical affairs, in addition to continuing to serve as medical school dean.
Ramsey has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Washington School of Medicine graduating class three times (1984, 1986, and 1987). He received the Margaret Anderson Award from the University of Washington medical school graduating class of 1989 for exceptional concern for and support of medical students.
Ramsey researches the development of methods to assess physicians’ clinical competence. He has been the principal investigator on many research grants to assess physicians’ clinical skills. He served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine for five years. In 1999 Ramsey received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for his research contributions in the field of physician evaluation. He has served on many national committees, and is a member of several professional organizations. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Steven M. Safyer, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Steven M. Safyer, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore in New York City. Montefiore is the University Hospital and academic medical center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients from the New York metropolitan region. An accomplished physician leader and highly respected healthcare executive, Dr. Safyer has been at Montefiore since 1982, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
Throughout his career at Montefiore, Dr. Safyer has been a leader in advancing Montefiore’s position as a preeminent, innovative and equitable healthcare system. He has been a strong advocate for delivering excellence to New York City’s most vulnerable patient populations. Dr. Safyer was a leader in expanding Montefiore’s ambulatory healthcare network and developing innovative business and clinical strategies to provide care manage¬ment under prepayment arrangements. He championed the adoption of cutting-edge clinical information systems and created nationally recognized quality and safety programs. In his position as President and CEO, he has strengthened Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein which has resulted in superior, comprehensive specialty care being provided in Montefiore’s notable Centers of Excellence in the areas of heart, transplant, cancer, child health, neurosciences and others.
Dr. Safyer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Social Medicine at Montefiore. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Einstein. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, founding member of The Health Management Academy and a member of the Healthcare Institute.
Dr. Safyer currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and Chair of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes. He is a board member of the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS); Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) Administrative Board; Coalition to protect America’s Health Care; New York eHealth Collaborative (NYcE); and University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). He is an active participant in the Association of American Medical Colleges; New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education; and is a member of the Chase Regional Advisory Board. Dr. Safyer was the previous Chair of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization, an independent organization for health information sharing; a former member of HANYS’ Health Reform Taskforce; and New York State Medicaid Redesign Team. A frequent lecturer on topics including the history of healthcare reform, healthcare transformation and academic medical centers, population-based medicine and public health, Dr. Safyer has authored and co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, covering subjects ranging from electronic medical records to managing the health of a population, to tuberculosis in prison populations.
George E. Thibault, MD
George E. Thibault, MD became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in January 2008. Immediately prior to that, he served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus.
Dr. Thibault previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as Chief of Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was Associate Chief of Medicine and Director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At the MGH he also served as Director of the Medical ICU and the Founding Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Unit.
For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He played a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new Integrated Curriculum reform at HMS. He was the Founding Director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and to promote innovations in medical education. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. In addition to his teaching, his research has focused on the evaluation of practices and outcomes of medical intensive care and variations in the use of cardiac technologies.
Dr. Thibault is Chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Chairman of the Board of the New York Academy of Medicine, and he serves on the Boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He served on the President’s White House Fellows Commission during the Obama Administration and for twelve years he chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. He is past President of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and Past Chair of Alumni Relations at HMS. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Thibault graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1965 and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969. He completed his internship and residency in Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also trained in Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda and at Guys Hospital in London, and served as Chief Resident in Medicine at MGH.
Dr. Thibault has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from Georgetown (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows). He has been a visiting Scholar both at the Institute of Medicine and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Professor of Medicine at numerous medical schools in the U.S. and abroad. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges and he was made an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and The Commonwealth Medical College.
Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary K. Wakefield PhD, RN, FAAN is the Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Health Care at Georgetown University and also a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to these appointments, in March 2015, Dr. Wakefield was named by President Barack Obama to serve as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the second most senior position in the Department. She held this position through January 20, 2017. As a senior government official, she was responsible for overseeing management and operations of HHS, a department with a $1 trillion budget and 80,000 employees. In addition, she led strategic Department-wide initiatives in key health policy areas, with a particular focus on health and human service programs for vulnerable populations. Her domestic policy work largely focused on improving health status for underserved populations, including strengthening health programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives and improving data analysis to better understand the health needs of rural populations. Additionally, she frequently represented the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in meetings with health ministers to discuss challenges ranging from substance addiction and HIV AIDS to delivery system reform and ensuring access to health care services.
Prior to becoming Acting Deputy Secretary, Dr. Wakefield was appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). With a budget over $10 billion, HRSA programs impact the health of individuals, families and communities in all 50 states. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Wakefield led and initiated program improvements at HRSA to further strengthen the health care workforce, build healthier communities, increase health equity, and provide health care services to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
Dr. Wakefield’s public service career also includes over eight years working in the United States Senate where she served as a legislative assistant and later as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators: Kent Conrad and Quentin Burdick.
Dr. Wakefield has extensive academic experience, including serving as associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences University of North Dakota, director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and as a faculty member and area chair in the College of Nursing, University of North Dakota. Additionally, she worked on site as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Wakefield is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has served on a number of public and not for profit boards and committees bringing expertise in nursing, health care quality and access to care and health workforce. Dr. Wakefield served on the IOM committee that produced the landmark reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. She also co-chaired the IOM committee that produced the report Health Professions Education a Bridge to Quality and chaired the committee that produced the report Quality through Collaboration: Health Care in Rural America.
Her service also includes membership on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, member of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, member of the National Advisory Committee to HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy and member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission to Create a High Performing Health System.
Dr. Wakefield has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck and master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also completed the Harvard University School of Government’s Program for Senior Managers in Government.
Dr. Wakefield began her nursing career practicing in medical-surgical and intensive care nursing. She is a native of Devils Lake, North Dakota.
Gregory H. Warner, MBA
Greg joined Ingleside in 1998. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s investment and operating activities. Before becoming President, Greg was a principal in Ingleside’s direct private equity activities and oversaw numerous investments. Prior to joining Ingleside Investors, Greg worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in its New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices, advising companies in the financial services industry. Greg also spent four years in Marketing at IBM.
Greg currently serves as a Director of A.C. Israel Enterprises, Inc, Axis Capital and Liazon Corp. and is on the advisory boards of Starwood Opportunity Fund VII, Rockwood Equity Partners, Fidelity Family Office Services and Every Baby Company. Greg is a member of the New York City Chapter of the Young President’s Organization and serves on the boards of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Brick Church Day School. Greg received a BS in Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from the Wharton School, with Distinction.
William H. Wright II
Chairman of the Board
Former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley