Patricia Powers, Executive Director

Patricia E. Powers is a nationally known leader with more than 30 years of experience in the health and health care sectors. She joined the Center for Healthcare Decisions because she is passionate about ensuring that the public’s views are well represented on complex health policy issues. Previously, Ms. Powers was an independent consultant for seven years focused on strategic planning, public policy, program development, and business development. Ms. Powers’s clients included for-profit and non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and foundations. She served as the innovation director for the California Health and Human Services Agency and directed the state-led Let's Get Healthy California Task Force; both are efforts designed to advance the Triple Aim in California. For six months she managed the start-up of the California Health Benefit Exchange, now Covered California. Ms. Powers led and successfully grew two nonprofit organizations, including the Pacific Business Group on Health throughout the 1990s, and an organization focused on the social determinants of health. She also consulted to and served as interim CEO of an organization focused on telehealth policy. Ms. Powers served on various boards and committees including the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting (now the National Quality Forum), the National Business Coalition on Health, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. Ms. Powers received a master of public administration degree from Columbia University in New York.