The Alliance for Health Reform Names Sarah Dash, MPH, President and CEO and Appoints New Board Members


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Washington, DC (May 11, 2017) – The Alliance for Health Reform announces Sarah Dash as sole president and CEO of the organization and the appointment of five new members to the Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Tanisha Carino, Elizabeth Hall, Margaret Murray, Thomas Scully and Kirsten Sloan.

Sarah Dash initially joined the Alliance for Health Reform in April 2014 as the vice president for policy and became co-president and CEO in 2016. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Under Sarah’s continued leadership, the Alliance will remain the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders amidst an evolving health policy environment.

“Our new Board members bring diverse expertise and perspectives that will enhance the Alliance’s tradition of thoughtful, honest and nonpartisan dialogue,” said Dr. Robert Graham, Chair of the Board of Directors. “I believe we are uniquely positioned to inform the health policy conversation now and for generations to come, and we are confident in Sarah’s continued leadership and vision for the Alliance.”

“A nonpartisan, inclusive dialogue is critical to creating sustainable and effective health policy. We are thrilled to welcome our new Board members, whose expertise will help inform the conversation as the Alliance continues driving towards solutions for better health and health care in the United States.”

Tanisha Carino is vice president of US public policy at GSK. Prior to joining the company, she oversaw advisory and research services at Avalere Health, a strategic health care advisory company. Tanisha has a Ph.D. in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and serves as an associate faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Elizabeth Hall is the vice president of federal affairs and director of the Washington office for Anthem, Inc. Prior to joining Anthem, Elizabeth served as the director of the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. She also worked for Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). She has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Margaret A. Murray is the founding CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). Prior to leading ACAP, Meg served as the Medicaid director of New Jersey and as a senior budget analyst for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She has served the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Public Financing and Delivery of HIV Care, the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission and on the board of a Community Health Center in Southern Maryland. She received her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and her B.A. cum laude in economics and classical civilization from Wellesley College.

Thomas Scully is a general partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS). Prior to joining WCAS, he was the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for three years under President George W. Bush and the president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals for six years. He also served as the deputy assistant to the president and as the associate director of OMB under President George H.W. Bush, and he has practiced law at Alston and Bird; Patton Boggs; and Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer and Feld. Tom received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1979 and a J.D. from Catholic University in 1986.

Kirsten Sloan is vice president for policy at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Prior to joining ACS CAN, Kirsten served as vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Before working for the National Partnership, she was the director of federal health issues for AARP, where she led advocacy efforts around Medicare and health care. Kirsten is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.

About the Alliance for Health Reform
The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping policymakers understand the foundations of health policy, the roots of the nation’s health care issues, and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change. Since its founding nearly 25 years ago, it has earned a reputation as an honest broker in the Washington, D.C., health policy community.

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