Dr. Richard P. Nathan, The Rockefeller Institute of Government at
Donna A. Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director, University of
Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Michele Lueck, President and CEO, Colorado Health Institute
Dr. Michael Morrisey, Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham,
School of Public Health
Dr. Micah Weinberg, Senior Policy Advisor, Bay Area Council
Donna A. Friedsam
Ms. Friedsam has worked extensively on access to and financing of health care and the organization of delivery systems. She consults widely in the public and private sectors on state government programs and on reform initiatives.
Ms. Friedsam directs the health policy group within the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She leads a team of faculty and researchers evaluating Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus – a combined Medicaid/CHIP health coverage program. She also oversees within her group the UW’s Evidence-Based Health Policy Project, and the Covering Kids and Families program within the School of Human Ecology.
Ms. Friedsam served previously as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, Director of a managed care demonstration project, and manager of several projects supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Ms. Friedsam holds a masters degree in public health policy and administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Michele Lueck is the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute. She joined the organization in November 2010, bringing nearly 20 years of health and health care experience. Her work ranges from consulting with leading academic organizations to serving rural health care providers. Her expertise in strategic communications informs the current work and direction of CHI.
Over the course of her career, she has worked for organizations that inform health care delivery and policy decisions with research, data and insight. Previously, she held leadership roles in two health-related nonprofits located on Colorado’s Western Slope. And before entering the nonprofit world, she worked in account management at Sg2 and Thomson Reuters.
Michael Morrisey is a professor of health economics and health insurance in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. He is director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, an endowed research center at UAB named for former Alabama Senator Joseph Lister Hill, and co-director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research & Education (COERE). His research interests have largely focused on employer sponsored health insurance, on the effects of legislation and regulation in health and health care, on hospital economics, and on labor market issues in health economics and health services administration. His clinically related work has examined the economic and disease burden of osteoporosis. The second edition of Dr. Morrisey's textbook, Health Insurance, was published by Health Administration Press in 2014 and can be found at:
Richard P. Nathan
Dr. Nathan formerly served as director of the Rockefeller Institute and
distinguished professor of political science and public policy at the
State University of New York at Albany. Nathan has written and edited
books on the implementation of domestic public programs in the United
States and on American federalism. Prior to coming to Albany, he was a
professor at Princeton University. He served in the federal government as
assistant director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, deputy
undersecretary for welfare reform of the U.S. Department of Health
Education and Welfare, and director of domestic policy for the National
Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Commission).
As Senior Policy Advisor to the Bay Area Council and Senior Research Fellow at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Dr. Weinberg is a thought leader driving health system transformation. His work focuses on maximizing health through radically reworking how we pay for, deliver, and think about healthcare. He works closely with business leaders and policymakers in California and nationwide to develop and implement strategies to control the growth of healthcare costs while expanding access and improving health outcomes.
He was most recently Senior Research Fellow in the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation where he authored the final report of the California Task Force on Affordable Care, a group of CEOs, advocates, and academic experts that developed a set of strategies to save the state $500 billion in health spending over 10 years. Since 2001, he has been the President of Healthy Systems Project (formerly Weinberg Civic Strategies), a firm that delivers policy and market intelligence and strategic guidance in the areas of healthcare and economic development to a range of corporate, association, public, and nonprofit clients.
Dr. Weinberg’s writing has appeared in diverse outlets from Politico to Policy Studies Journal, and he has appeared on Fox News and NPR. He has written and lectured extensively about health system transformation with a particular focus on the insurance market reforms of the Affordable Care Act. He is expert on state-based health insurance exchanges including the California Health Benefit Exchange as well as private exchanges and purchasing strategies of public programs and self- and fully-insured large and small businesses. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in politics.
Bay Area Council Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Micah Weinberg imparts the secret to successfully implementing the Affordable Care Act, which is "Be California." He lists the political consensus and funding mechanisms that contributed to the successful rollout.