Decades of experience across three overlapping and interconnected disciplines -government, business and law, has taught me cross-sector partnerships are required to build innovative and sustainable solutions.
I started my career as a federal agent investigating public corruption and procurement fraud. I learned early on how government often fails to select the right partner. I then became a prosecutor and later returned to private practice representing businesses as a litigation Partner at DLA Piper in Chicago. This work taught me how partnerships can be mismanaged and destroyed.
To build on my business experience, I returned to school and earned my MBA at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. I then joined the leadership team of Central Management Services (CMS), a $12B state agency in Illinois. We led a major initiative to create an enterprise-wide shared services organization, building many successful public-private partnerships and saving more than $500M. I was later appointed Director of CMS and as the states Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) worked to institutionalize private sector best practices into government operations.
In 2007 I returned to the private sector with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) to build a new business-to-government (B2G) capability for state and local government. UHC serves the entire spectrum of healthcare participants: individual consumers, employers, governments, commercial payers and care providers ranging from hospitals to physicians, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Health care is the quintessential public-private partnership, where care is privately provided even though roughly half of all dollars actually come from the government. As Director of State and Local Solutions, I work nationally to direct sales and account management teams on the political, business and legal issues that drive change in state and local government.
In 2013 I also accepted a role as Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government where I have focused on research surrounding cross-sector partnerships. More recently I accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Health Enterprise Management at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.
My work as a federal agent, prosecutor, commercial litigator, government administrator - and now Director with UnitedHealthcare, Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at Kellogg, helps me understand how government and business can leverage each other's strengths to find the best solution. We know that when government fails it carries more than just a financial cost - it has a massive human cost as well. I work to build cross-sector partnerships that deliver innovative and sustainable solutions.
The Healthcare Strategy Lab (HC-Lab) provides students a unique opportunity to work with healthcare organizations to solve a strategic challenge. This ten-week experiential learning course emphasizes real-world problem solving and client service through a formal consulting engagement. Working closely with the professor, teams of 5 students will interact with the client to agree upon project scope, objectives, and key analyses. Students will then work independently to conduct research, analysis, and interviews/market research (as appropriate), incorporating instructor and client guidance. The class will meet three times as a group; other class sessions will be devoted to team meetings with the professor. Project options will be made available at least a month before the course begins, and students will be required to submitted ranked preferences shortly thereafter. Client sectors will likely include: pharmaceuticals; medical products/devices; providers; payers; digital health applications. Students must sign a non-disclosure agreement if required by a client..