Meet our Academy of Conveners.

Time and again we have seen how alliances help diverse stakeholders overcome their differences and create consensus solutions—solutions that move policy and the national discourse forward. But successful alliances don’t simply fall into place. They require a convener of stature, someone with the ability to bring together a group of independent parties to work toward a common goal.

Our Academy of Conveners have the expertise and in-depth experience to guide alliances toward meaningful policy results.

Melanie Bella

Chair, MACPAC and Former Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, CMS

Convener, The Dual Eligible Coalition

Melanie Bella is the Head of Partnerships and Policy for Cityblock Health, a value-based provider built for low-income populations with complex needs, focusing on Medicaid and dual eligibles. She also serves as Chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and ... Read more

David Blumenthal

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Former CEO, Commonwealth Fund

Convener, CARIN Alliance

David Blumenthal MD, MPP is a nationally and internationally admired physician-leader, academician, and author in the fields of health care philanthropy, policy and management. He has led change at scale in both the public and private sectors. He has repeatedly ... Read more

Aneesh Chopra

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Advisor to the CARIN Alliance

Convener, CARIN Alliance

Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data and analytics platform delivering a trusted, transparent rating system for physicians, networks, facilities and markets on the move to value. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and ... Read more

Charlene Frizzera

Former Acting Administrator, CMS

Convener, The Dual Eligible Coalition

Charlene Frizzera is the President and CEO of CF Health Advisors, a health policy and business strategy advisory firm, she co-founded with her partner, Jeremy Brown. CF Health Advisors combines her extensive knowledge after serving 30 years of federal service ... Read more

Brett P. Girior, M.D.

Former Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS and Former Acting FDA Commissioner

Convener, The Sickle Cell Disease Partnership

Dr. Brett Giroir is a physician-scientist whose career has been dedicated to improving public health. Formerly, he served as the 16th Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Acting FDA Commissioner, and Admiral in ... Read more