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Alexandra Quinn

Chief Executive Officer

As only the second CEO in Health Leads' history, Alex directs the organization’s growth and impact strategy. She took the helm in October 2017.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Alexandra held several executive roles at Health Leads spanning more than a decade. In addition to pioneering efforts to enable major healthcare organizations to design and launch innovative models of care bridging health systems and communities, she has led multiple strategy planning processes and guided the implementation of key internal operations. Most recently as managing principal, Alex oversaw the organization’s unprecedented west coast expansion as well as nationwide talent acquisition, human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion functions at a time when Health Leads staff more than doubled in size.

Before joining Health Leads, Alex served as vice president of program at Peer Forward (formerly College Summit), an organization that connects students in low-income communities to college and careers by tapping a readily available resource found in every high school – influential students. During her tenure, Alex spearheaded scaling initiatives which expanded Peer Forward’s reach, connecting thousands of students each year to the peer support networks they needed to succeed. She also led the team that created and implemented professional training for educators and student leaders, along with the development of in-school management tools for principals and superintendents.

Earlier in her career, Alex served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Justice for former Attorney General Janet Reno. Her public service calling began when she spent a year working as an Assistant in the Office of the Cabinet Affairs as a White House intern.

Alex was born and raised in New York City, spent a lot of time growing up in rural Texas and in her work at Peer Forward spent time learning from educators across the country – from Kanawha County, West Virginia to Chicago, IL to Inglewood, CA. This place-based learning heavily influenced how she thinks about advocacy, equity and working with and for communities. Alex now calls Oakland, CA home where she lives with her partner Dorian, two sons and a hyper but loving rescue dog. When not at work she can be found running, biking, playing around and exploring the Bay Area.

Education

  • MA from Georgetown University
  • BA from Smith College

Board Affiliations

  • Smith College Alumnae Association

Bill Brodnitzki

Chief Operations Officer

With 20+ years of experience in the technology and health care service sectors, Bill leads Health Leads’ innovation, finance, operations, program and business development functions.

“I find the opportunity to influence and shape an enormous industry, to provide better, more holistic care for all in America – especially those most in need – extremely inspiring and motivating.”

With 20+ years of experience in the technology and health care service sectors, Bill leads Health Leads’ innovation, finance, operations, program and business development functions. He brings deep expertise in business strategy, the healthcare landscape, health system operations and technology markets. Bill joined Health Leads to help improve an extremely fragmented and inequitable healthcare system, that despite the enormous expenditures, delivers poor outcomes especially for those most at risk.

Prior to Health Leads, Bill held a range of leadership positions, focused on diversifying product portfolios, providing expanded care options while serving more people in more effective ways. He served as head of business development and operations for MeYou Health, a digital well-being IT company. Bill also held various senior management roles at Silverlink, a healthcare communications company, including running service delivery, product development, sales and analytics. He was instrumental in leading the company through significant growth in a changing healthcare market landscape.

Bill lives in the Boston area with his wife. He has two college-aged sons and enjoys spending time outside when the New England weather allows – hiking, biking and soccer are particular favorites. When he’s not exploring outdoors, he enjoys reading biographies and traveling to explore different cultures, food and art.

Education

  • MBA from Babson College, summa cum laude
  • MS from University of Connecticut, cum laude
  • BA from University of Massachusetts, cum laude

Volunteer Experience

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Xtreme Hike Volunteer Chairman
  • Natick Service Council

Damon Francis

Chief Clinical Officer

“I'm inspired by the virtuous cycle that gets created when we help others who also help others and that is what we get to do at Health Leads every day.”

“I’m inspired by the virtuous cycle that gets created when we help others who also help others and that is what we get to do at Health Leads every day.”

Before joining Health Leads, Damon worked most recently at the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency where he spent five years supporting all aspects of the agency’s vision for “healthy people, places, policies and systems.”

During his time there, he served as the interim director and medical director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless where he led the adoption and expansion of clinical models addressing the whole person, including medical, behavioral and social needs.

In that role and others, he worked to reduce health disparities affecting men of color, providing policy analysis and representing the public health department in cross-governmental initiatives and public-private partnerships related to housing, criminal justice, and clinical quality improvement.

Prior to joining Alameda County, Damon worked at the East Bay AIDS Center in Oakland where he spearheaded the development of the CRUSH project, a clinic developed specifically to increase access to sexual health services for young men of color who have sex with men.

Damon is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical experience since residency includes inpatient and outpatient practice in public, private and academic settings, and he continues to provide urgent care at a community clinic in Oakland.

Damon lives in the Bay Area with his wife and son. He is a life-long reader and enjoys playing basketball and soccer with his son (and as many neighborhood kids as they can convince to join them at the playground). Damon has always lived in California, but still enjoys discovering new places across the state.

Education

  • Internship, residency, and chief residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital
  • MD from University of California, San Francisco
  • BA in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley

Board Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • UCSF HEAL Initiative Steering Committee, Interim Chair
  • HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, Medical Director

Publications

Ken Himmelman

Chief of Program and Partnerships

“The US healthcare is in a moment of great disruption, and everyone seems to finally understand that the system has to change to deliver better care, but also to be more sustainable for states and communities. Health Leads has always been at the front edge of pushing the US health system toward health, not just healthcare - and I felt like this was an amazing place to work, with great people, trying to be part of this change.”

“The US healthcare is in a moment of great disruption, and everyone seems to finally understand that the system has to change to deliver better care, but also to be more sustainable for states and communities. Health Leads has always been at the front edge of pushing the US health system toward health, not just healthcare – and I felt like this was an amazing place to work, with great people, trying to be part of this change.”

Ken brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and education sectors to his role at Health Leads, where he oversees the organization’s programs and fundraising. He has two decades of non-profit management experience, working in areas of community development, youth development, higher education administration and global health.

Prior to joining Health Leads, Ken was the chief program officer and, for one-year, interim chief development officer for Partners in Health, a global health organization that provides high-quality healthcare to the world’s poorest people.

Previously, Ken served as the dean of admissions and financial aid at Bennington College, where he also helped to start the college’s innovative Center for the Advancement of Public Action. He co-founded and was vice president of Community IMPACT! USA, a national network of US-based non-profit organizations training young people to address educational and economic issues affecting their neighborhood.

Ken lives in the Boston area with his wife. They have two grown children, a son in New York City and a daughter in Chicago. Ken loves to travel, with France, Ireland and Grand Teton National Park ranking among his favorite places.

Education

  • PhD in Comparative Literature from Vanderbilt University
  • MA in French Literature from Vanderbilt University
  • BA in English from Dartmouth College

Board Affiliations

  • Summits Education
  • Grassroot Soccer
  • The BOMA Project
  • French American School of Rhode Island

Jennifer Valenzuela

Chief People Officer

“I love the work we’re doing and what we stand for at Health Leads, but it’s ultimately about the people. We’re a team of individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world — who enjoy and push one another to do better.”

“I love the work we’re doing and what we stand for at Health Leads, but it’s ultimately about the people. We’re a team of individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world — who enjoy and push one another to do better.”

Jennifer Valenzuela brings nearly 20 years of experience building and supporting teams in the healthcare sector to her role at Health Leads, where she oversees the organization’s People, Culture and Equity strategy.

Jenn has held several leadership roles at Health Leads overseeing clinical program implementation and integration at health systems and clinics nationwide — coaching and training of staff, establishing and promoting best practices for resource navigation, and codifying the program model using data and analytics.

Prior to Health Leads, Jennifer served as director of The Young Parents Program (YPP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, a multi-disciplinary clinic dedicated to working with teen mothers and fathers. There, Jennifer learned the strengths of her Boston community as the young families demonstrated resilience, unparalleled kindness, patience and great humor. As a licensed independent clinical social worker, Jennifer also worked in the emergency departments of Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital providing psychiatric and social crisis intervention.

Jennifer lives in the Boston area with her family, Carlos, Alexandra and Max. When not at work, Jenn loves to run with her friends and dream of being on the sandy beaches with her family, anywhere warm.

Education

  • MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston University
  • MPH in Policy and Management from Boston University
  • BS in Sociology from Portland State University

Affiliations

  • MassHealth Delivery System & Payment Reform Implementation Council
  • BCBSMA Foundation Institute for Community Health Leadership

Barbara Atkins

Barbara hopes that through her work on the Patient Advisory Council, she can help shape a healthcare system in ways that account for the details that impact people’s lives. 

Barbara Atkins is a lifetime resident of Massachusetts. She believes deeply in the power of community and finds her happiness in the presence of others. Drawing her inspiration from the Bible, she’s written over 60 poems and enjoys sharing her poetry with her church group. Barbara maintains a strong connection with her mother and loves spending time with friends and family – especially sailing on windjammers.

Barbara’s passion for equitable, person-centered healthcare stems from the countless hours she has spent and strong connections she has made with her neurologist and primary care doctor. Over the years, she has survived multiple surgeries to remove a lesion from her brain. While she’s had mostly positive experiences at her healthcare center, and feels her providers understand the full picture of what she needs to both recover and maintain her health, she knows that is not always the case for everyone.

Barbara first became involved with Health Leads when an Advocate helped connect her to  financial assistance opportunities at a time when she was focused on her medical health. She hopes that through her work on the Patient Advisory Council, she can help shape a healthcare system in ways that account for the details that impact people’s lives.  As Barbara says, “healthcare is about treating the person, not prescribing to treat a disease.”

Location: Reading, MA

Interests: Reading, Poetry, Sailing

Domingo Cintron, Jr.

Domingo Citron hopes to use his experience as a Latino navigating the U.S. health system, to advocate for a system where all people have equal access to care with dignity.

Domingo Cintron, 65, has lived in the West End of Boston since 2010. He first became involved with Health Leads in his PCP’s office at Massachusetts General Hospital. Now retired from his work at the Bedford Veterans Hospital, Domingo is passionate about learning new things and helping others in any way he can. He loves photography and is currently taking classes to improve his photography and computer skills. He is deeply committed to his church – volunteering and singing in the choir.

Domingo is a survivor. He is a survivor of military service in the Vietnam era, a survivor of addiction (clean and sober since 1994), a survivor of his year-long battle with lymphoma (in remission since 2012!) and a survivor of nearly a decade of homelessness. His passion for healthcare improvement stems from navigating the health system through each stage of his life as a Hispanic, bilingual man. Through long hours in the clinic receiving cancer treatments at MGH, he has witnessed the struggle of his Spanish speaking peers. At times he has been asked to translate for Spanish-speaking patients, watching others struggle to be understood and having long conversations with friends, neighbors and peers about the lack of access to coverage and care.

Domingo knows that no person should have to carry this unequal burden — regardless of their income, race or language. “Healthcare should be a human right and every human should be covered equally.” He hopes to use his experience as a Latino navigating the U.S. health system, to advocate for a system where all people have equal access to care with dignity.

Location: West End, Boston, MA

Interests: Photography, Volunteering

Doug Burns

Doug Burns hopes that if we focus on maintenance and actually let doctors and patients get to know each other, and the things that really matter to people, we can avoid so many expensive healthcare treatments down the line.

Doug Burns, now 68, grew up in and around the Boston area, traveled the world playing semi-professional tennis, learned basic greetings in over 40 languages hitting with many of the top tennis players in the world on the Open circuit, and has explored a wide range of interests and hobbies, including calligraphy and rowing. He is currently training for 65+ men’s tennis tournaments. Among his many jobs, he served as the calligrapher for the locally-known jewelry store Shreve, Crump and Low for 38 years.

Doug stays healthy by working out regularly – whether that’s hitting the gym, playing tennis or rowing out on the Charles River – and never misses his yearly check-up with his primary care doctor at MGH. He first worked with Health Leads when his doctor’s office offered to help him resolve a housing issue that threatened both his physical and mental health. From there, he became passionate about designing a healthcare system that works for all (because he needed another hobby!).

Doug had the same primary care doctor for 33 years and believes that preventative medicine and how doctors treat people is so important: If we focus on maintenance and actually let doctors and patients get to know each other, and the things that really matter to people, we can avoid so many expensive healthcare treatments down the line.

Interests: Tennis, Rowing, Calligraphy, Languages

Kathie Roberts

Kathie Roberts hopes as part of the Patient Advisory Council, she can help create a healthcare system where both providers and patients are invested in the important conversations and relationships that impact care.

Kathie Roberts is a life-long resident of Massachusetts and has lived in her current home in Middleboro for 23 years. She is a mother of six, an active member of her church and a lover of the outdoors — especially the ocean. She cares deeply for her community and believes in helping the people around her whenever she can.

Kathie has been battling lyme disease, and subsequent co-infections, for over 18 years. Since her original diagnosis, Kathie has found that she frequently has had to fight to receive the medical care she needs to be healthy. In the process, she has had to become her own greatest advocate to ensure her medical needs are met and her voice heard. She believes that quality healthcare begins with mutual respect – when patients and providers are able to the discuss all the factors that influence health and know their recommendations and opinions are valued.

She first became involved with Health Leads when an Advocate helped her arrange transportation to her medical appointments from her primary care office. She hopes as part of the Patient Advisory Council, she can help create a healthcare system where both providers and patients are invested in the important conversations and relationships that impact care.

Location: Middleboro, MA

Interests: Volunteering, Nature

Lael Morris

A resident of Roxbury and a patient at Boston Medical Center, Lael has been “advocating for the underdog” her whole life.

A resident of Roxbury and a patient at Boston Medical Center, Lael has been “advocating for the underdog” her whole life. You can see this in the way she talks about her family and teenage son, the pride she has in her position on the Health Leads PAC, and her work as a volunteer coordinator. Helping others is a major source of joy in her life.

Lael has been managing chronic back pain for years and feels strongly that the full picture of a person’s life – emotional, economic and social – is critical to health. She has seen firsthand how strong relationships are key to empowering both patients and providers. During her most challenging and terrifying moments when she thought she might lose mobility – and her love of dancing – her honest, two-way partnership with her primary care doctor and her care team is what gave her the agency to make a strong recovery.

Today, Lael is a self-proclaimed storyteller and aims to use her voice as a powerful vehicle for making change. In her ideal health system, doctors get to know their patients, and patients are not treated as statistics, but are seen for who they really are.

“Look at my record and get to know me. I’m not a statistic. According to statistics, I should not be employed, but that has not been my story. We need to know each other’s stories in order to be healthy.”

Location: Roxbury, MA

Job: Volunteer Coordinator

Marla Mays

As a member of the Patient Advisory Council, Marla hopes to help shape a healthcare system that works for everyone.

Marla is a lifetime resident of Roxbury and Dorchester in Boston, MA. She has two kids, a teenage son and daughter, that are the focus of so much of her energy. She’s had a range of experiences in the healthcare system – from the exceptionally good to remarkably bad – that have shaped her perception on the importance of relationships in patient-centered care. She envisions a healthcare system that accounts as much for the human – moods, emotions, trusts, fears – as the conditions they bring into the clinic with them. She knows that asking the right questions is important – and how patients answer is as important as what they answer.

Marla first encountered Health Leads when she was looking to enroll her son at Camp Harborview, and in the Boston Medical Center pediatrics office Health Leads’ Advocates completed the enrollment. Now, as a member of the Patient Advisory Council, she hopes to help shape a healthcare system that works for everyone.

She is deeply committed to live the healthiest life possible – staying active and always open for tips to improve. Her whole life, Marla’s lived within walking distance to Franklin Park and has always found the connection to nature to be healing and rejuvenating.

 

Location: Dorchester, MA

Interests: Running, Nature

Tammy-Fee Meneide

Tamy-Fee hopes to see a much-needed focus on equity, access and diversity as drivers of excellence in healthcare

Tamy-Fee has lived in MA since 2001 and in Roxbury since 2008. Her first involvement with Health Leads was February of 2014 when her doctors at the Women’s Health Clinic at MGH connected her with educational and community resources for pregnant women and mothers. She is deeply committed to her work as a non-profit community strategist and educational coach and is a fierce and savvy advocate for patients’ rights.

Her passion for healthcare improvement stems from her role as a mother of a child with a medically complex history. Born with a malrotation in his intestines and later suffering from enlarged adenoids, hearing loss and multiple hernias and severe allergies, Elijah endured 12 surgeries before his third birthday. Through the course of his care, Tamy-Fee had to battle every step of the way: pushing for the necessary hospital stays so her son could heal and recover, correcting misconceptions and assumptions made about her health literacy and ability to make decisions about her son’s health, fighting for much-needed appointments and, at times, even for basic information about her son’s medical state. She powered through it all, but realized that navigating the healthcare system is too hard and often unjust – and it absolutely shouldn’t be.

Today, Elijah is happy and healthy. Tamy-Fee hopes he will someday live in a world where his doctors and local health system will really listen and understand the kind of care their community needs. She wants to see a much-needed focus on equity, access and diversity as drivers of excellence. And, she hopes both patients AND doctors will invest in the relationship – where both sides listen, value each other opinions and work in a partnership for better health.

Location: Roxbury, MA

Interests: Yoga, traveling with my son, impromptu dance parties, wine tastings and bringing down systems of oppression

Tiana Roberts

Tiana hopes that she can help shape a healthcare system where everyone has adequate time with their providers and feels supported by the those delivering their care.

Tiana is a lifetime resident of Massachusetts and currently resides in Dorchester in Boston, MA. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her family – especially her children. She does her best to maintain her health and develop relationships with her doctors, despite seeing new providers every visit. She knows that patient-centered healthcare must be grounded in deep relationships and more meaningful interactions. Patients must feel comfortable discussion the realities of their lives with providers — something difficult to achieve in the 10 -15 minutes that are common today.

Tiana first encountered Health Leads during a visit to Boston Medical Center’s pediatrics office with her daughter. As a member of the Patient Advisory Council, Tiana appreciates how her voice feels valued, and how Health Leads keeps her informed on how her opinions are contributing to the work. She hopes that she can help shape a healthcare system where everyone has adequate time with their providers, and feels supported by the those delivering their care.

Location: Dorchester, MA

Interests: Shopping, watching movies, cooking

Zakiya Alake

Zakiya's passion for personalized healthcare led her to the Patient Advisory Council.

Zakiya has lived in Massachusetts for most of her 60+ years, and is currently a recovery coach — completing additional training on addiction — to help others in her community on the path to health and wellness. Her greatest joys in life include providing a meal for her loved ones, singing and dancing — either alone or with others. A vocal advocate for single-payer healthcare, alternative medicine and for creating more accessible language for discussing health and medicine, Zakiya envisions a healthcare system grounded in mutual respect and deep partnerships.

At her local community health center, Zakiya’s most recent primary care physician embodied the type of patient-provider relationship Zakiya believes that everyone deserves. Her PCP took the time to understand how she viewed health, her own unique health history and medication preferences. They worked together to find solutions — even when that meant exploring non-traditional options.

Zakiya’s passion for personalized healthcare led her to the Patient Advisory Council, after being introduced by another member. She hopes that through her work with Health Leads she can weave her many ideas to improve healthcare into meaningful changes in healthcare delivery — from incorporating health coaches to reducing the availability of sugary foods in hospitals and clinics.

Location: Dorchester, MA

Margaret Laws

Chair, Board of Directors

Margaret Laws is committed to bringing together government, non-profit and private-sector stakeholders interested in advancing the role technology can play in supporting and improving health and well-being, with a focus on improving care and outcomes for underserved populations.

Margaret Laws is committed to bringing together government, non-profit and private-sector stakeholders interested in advancing the role technology can play in supporting and improving health and well-being, with a focus on improving care and outcomes for underserved populations. She brings a deep understanding of the healthcare sector and the cutting-edge innovations reshaping the field.

As president and CEO of HopeLab, Margaret leads a multidisciplinary team combining behavioral science, user-centered design and partnerships with innovative companies to create technologies and products that help people thrive.

Before joining HopeLab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) in a number of roles, including director of public financing and policy and director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. During her tenure at CHCF, Margaret founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care. The Fund, launched in 2010, has now made investments in 11 early stage health care technology and services companies.

Education

  • Lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Business
  • MA in Public Policy from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • AB in English Literature from Princeton University

Board Affiliations

  • DaVita Village Trust
  • Peer Health Exchange
  • Acumen US Fund

Arthur A. Gianelli

Board Member

Arthur Gianelli brings a deep understanding of healthcare policy and financing to inform Health Leads strategy.

As President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, NY, Arthur is leading the hospital’s transformation – building a state-of-the-art ambulatory center and recruiting leading surgeons to establish centers of excellence in cardiology and cardiac surgery; cancer; diabetes; endocrinology and bariatric surgery; and trauma. He brings a deep understanding of healthcare policy and financing to inform Health Leads strategy.

Before joining Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Arthur was President and CEO of Nassau Health Care Corporation (NuHealth). Under Arthur’s leadership, NuHealth earned national accolades for stabilizing its financing, improving quality care and patient outcomes and soundly investing more than $200 million dollars in modernizing and expanding its services and facilities.

Education

  • MBA in Banking and Finance from Dowling College
  • MPH from Columbia University
  • MA in Political Science and Public Policy from Brown University
  • BA in History from St. John’s University

Asaf Bitton

Board Member

As a practicing primary care physician, health policy researcher and health systems innovator, Asaf Bitton focuses on the implementation and evaluation of new models of primary care delivery and payment structures nationally and globally.

As a practicing primary care physician, health policy researcher and health systems innovator, Asaf Bitton focuses on the implementation and evaluation of new models of primary care delivery and payment structures nationally and globally. He is a Health Leads alum and has firsthand knowledge of the transformative effect of Health Leads work across the health care system.

Asaf is the Director of Primary Health Care at Ariadne Labs, a center for health systems innovation based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He leads Ariadne Labs’ work on the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank that aims to better measure and improve primary care functions in low and middle income countries. He and his team have worked in Ghana, Estonia, Costa Rica, and China on these efforts. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus initiative led by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – an 18 state multi-payer initiative in the United States that is working on matching payment reform to delivery improvement in primary care. Asaf is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the division of general medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of health care policy at the department of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School.

Education

  • MD from University of California, San Francisco
  • MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from Harvard School of Public Health
  • BA in Health and Society from Brown University

Awards

  • Harvard Medical School Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring (2015)
  • SGIM Annual Quality and Practice Innovation Award for BWH South Huntington (2015)

Recent Publications

Chris Cox

Board Member

Chris Cox has extensive experience and expertise working through complex business issues including accounting and financial reporting implications; investment portfolios and bond offerings; and research compliance matters.

Chris Cox has extensive experience and expertise working through complex business issues including accounting and financial reporting implications; investment portfolios and bond offerings; and research compliance matters. As chair of the Finance committee, Chris’ financial expertise is critical to the organization’s management of philanthropic and earned revenue.

As a Partner at PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), Chris leads the northeast healthcare, higher education and not for profit practice portfolio where he oversees all service activities for the portfolio across assurance, tax and advisory. Chris is also the national Higher Education assurance leader.

Education

  • CPA in Massachusetts and New Hampshire
  • BS in Business Administration and Accounting at Nichols College

Affiliations

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

Eliza Greenberg

Board Member

As a Managing Partner at New Profit, Eliza Greenberg oversees the Innovation Fund, a learning lab portfolio that aims to identify and support the best social problems solvers in America.

As a Managing Partner at New Profit, Eliza Greenberg oversees the Innovation Fund, a learning lab portfolio that aims to identify and support the best social problems solvers in America. She works with the senior leadership teams at organizations in her portfolio, helping them develop and grow sustainable models of impact and deliver superior results.

Before joining New Profit, Eliza held several positions in Boston city government under Mayor Thomas Menino, including commissioner of Elderly Affairs, executive director of the Emergency Shelter Commission, and the Human Services Leadership Team.

With her vast experience in the philanthropic sector, Eliza has played a critical role in guiding Health Leads through strategic shifts and transitions over the last 10 years, providing insights on the intersection of strategy and fundraising.

Awards, Publications, Education, Board Affiliations 

Education

  • MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College

Erik Clemons

Board Member

Erik Clemons brings an extensive background in inclusive non-profit management and organizational leadership, as well as invaluable expertise on building and supporting healthy communities, to Health Leads’ evolving strategy.

Erik Clemons brings an extensive background in inclusive non-profit management and organizational leadership, as well as invaluable expertise on building and supporting healthy communities, to Health Leads’ evolving strategy.

As CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based on the model of Bill Strickland’s National Center for Arts and Technology, Erik leads the organization’s strategy to create arts-based educational environments for at-risk public-school students and market-relevant career training programs for under and unemployed adults.

Prior to joining ConnCAT, Erik was executive director of Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), an academic and social enrichment program for children and youth in New Haven, dedicated to developing the strengths and talents of young leaders.

Education

  • Education Fellow at Pahara-Aspen Institute
  • MA in Theology and Ethics from Hartford Seminary
  • BS in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University

Board Affiliations

  • CT State Board of Education
  • Housing Authority of New Haven, Chair
  • START Community Bank
  • Elm City Market

Gary Cohen

Board Member

Gary Cohen brings an extensive background in coalition building and social enterprise to Health Leads.

Gary Cohen brings an extensive background in coalition building and social enterprise to Health Leads. As President and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), Gary Cohen leads an international coalition of organizations and partners in 50 countries working to reform the environmental practices of the healthcare industry. By assisting healthcare organizations in understanding the links between a healthy environment and a healthy people, HCWH continues to work toward a goal of preventing disease and illness.

Prior to co-founding HCWH, Gary founded and served as director of the Environmental Health Fund, an international non-profit incubator of innovative ideas, building strategic coalitions responsible for international and national chemicals policy campaigns.

Education

  • Post Graduate Work in South Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley
  • BA in Philosophy from Clark UniversityBoard Affiliations
  • International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic and Documentation Center

Awards

  • Skoll Global Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service Award
  • Champion for Change for Climate Change and Public Health

Larry Cohen

Board Member

Larry Cohen has been a long-time thought partner to Health Leads. He is currently serving on the development, governance and investment committees.

Larry Cohen has been a long-time thought partner to Health Leads. He is currently serving on the development, governance and investment committees.

As CEO of Seven Bridges Advisors, Larry leads a firm that provides a full service investment office to individuals, families and endowments. Comprised of a diverse, large and experienced group of investors, the Seven Bridges team works to uncover attractive risk/return opportunities across markets and strategies using both qualitative and quantitative research. Larry brings a vital perspective on business models and financial oversight to Health Leads.

Larry has served on a wide array of boards, including educational institutions at all levels, hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Education

  • ScB in Applied Mathematics from Brown University
  • JD from Harvard Law School

Board Affiliations

  • Brown University Investment Committee, Vice Chair
  • Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Trustee

John Mandile

Board Member

John Mandile has served as co-chair of the Health Leads board since the organization was founded in 1996 and has stewarded the organization through several key strategic shifts.

John Mandile has served as co-chair of the Health Leads board since the organization was founded in 1996 and has stewarded the organization through several key strategic shifts. His expertise and counsel has enabled Health Leads to position itself as a nimble social enterprise that can easily adapt to and thrive in the ever-changing healthcare sector, while driving the leading edge of the social health movement.

With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, manager and investor, John currently serves as managing director of Sigma Prime (formerly Sigma Partners), where he guides and supports Sigma’s portfolio of early stage technology companies. Before joining Sigma, John was president and CEO of Vermeer Technologies, Inc., the developers of the leading web authoring tool FrontPage.

Education

  • MS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics from Tufts

Board Affiliations

  • Acquia
  • CiRBA
  • Barkly
  • HubLogix
  • Silverlink Communications

Laura Samberg

Board Member

As executive director of the Samberg Family Foundation, Laura Samberg manages all aspects of grantee relations in the Foundation’s three program areas: children, youth, and education; health; and Jewish issues.

As executive director of the Samberg Family Foundation, Laura Samberg manages all aspects of grantee relations in the Foundation’s three program areas: children, youth, and education; health; and Jewish issues.

Before joining the Samberg Family Foundation, Laura conducted and managed research and policy work on children’s health and education issues at corporate and non-profit agencies, including the Institute of Educational Leadership, R.O.W. Sciences, and the American Council on Education.

Laura is the long-standing chair of the development committing, bringing her deep understanding of the philanthropic sector to help shape sustainable fundraising strategies.

Education

  • MA in Education from Stanford University
  • BA in History from Cornell University

Board Affiliations

  • Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • College Summit
  • Harlem Children’s Zone

Michael Blau

Clerk, Board of Directors

Michael has supported the legal needs of Health Leads for nearly 20 years.

Michael has supported the legal needs of Health Leads for nearly 20 years. As a long-time Board member and prior Board Chair, he has brought tremendous insight around strategy as the organization has continued to evolve. He currently serves as Clerk of Health Leads, chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Michael is a partner and immediate former chair of the Industry Team Development, the R&D Committee and the Health Care Planning and Business Development Committee at Foley & Lardner LPP. Michael is a health transactional attorney, who advises clients on healthcare corporate and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions and affiliations; financing transactions; contracting; and forming provider groups, networks, alliances and joint ventures.

Prior to joining Foley & Lardner LLP, Michael served as co-partner-in-charge of the health law department at McDermott Will & Emery.

Michael also co-founded the Cancer Center Business Summit, a research organization and think tank dedicated to advancing best business models and practices in community oncology care.

Education

  • JD from Georgetown University
  • BA from Harvard University

Affiliations

  • America Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association Former chair, Health Law Section and Steering Committee
  • Co-chair, Child Mental Health Task Force
  • Editor-in-Chief of the BBA’s How-To Guide to Child Mental Health Service

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 30 Best Health Attorneys
  • Nightingale Healthcare News, Top 10 Health Care Transactional Attorneys in US
  • Marquis Who’s Who, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Massachusetts Medical Law Reports, RX for Excellence Award
  • Boston Magazine, Top 100 Attorneys in Massachusetts

Recent Publications

  • Regulatory Changes for Community Oncology: What Health Execs Should Know, Managed Healthcare Executive (April 2017)
  • Winds of Change Buffet Community Oncology, Healthcare Business News (September 2016)
  • Complying with Stark Physician Self-Referral Rules, co-author (Atlantic Information Services)

Susan Donahue

Board Member

A long-time board member and former chair, Susan Donahue brings a deep expertise in board governance and recruitment, philanthropy, branding and marketing to Health Leads.

A long-time board member and former chair, Susan Donahue brings a deep expertise in board governance and recruitment, philanthropy, branding and marketing to Health Leads.

In addition to Health Leads, Susan is involved, in various capacities, with organizations at the intersection of healthcare and education, including Boston Medical Center (BMC), Home for Little Wanderers, Eye to Eye (a national mentoring movement), Boston Public Schools’ STEP (Short-Term Educational Placement) Program, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and the Research Institute for Learning Development. Susan has also founded three local non-profit organizations.

Before shifting her focus to the non-profit sector, she was a marketing executive for BankBoston, Stop & Shop Companies and Mobile Oil Corporation.

Education

  • BA in English from Skidmore College
  • CSS in Management from Harvard University

Board Affiliations

  • Boston Medical Center, Co-Chair, Capital Campaign
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • Eye to Eye
  • EMPath

Thomas H.Lee

Board Member

Thomas Lee brings extensive experience as a practicing physician and healthcare thought leader to Health Leads.

Thomas Lee brings extensive experience as a practicing physician and healthcare thought leader to Health Leads.

As chief medical officer at Press Ganey, Tom is responsible for developing clinical and operational strategies to help providers across the nation measure and improve the patient experience, with an overarching goal of reducing the suffering of patients as they undergo care, and improving the value of that care.

Before joining Press Ganey, Tom served as network president for Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role, Tom oversaw efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of care in this organization.

Tom is an internist and cardiologist and continues to practice primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Education

  • MD from Cornell University Medical College
  • BA in History and Science from Harvard University

Board Affiliations

  • Geisinger Health System
  • Special Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) of the Veterans Administration
  • Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine

Recent Publications