“Together with great people at forward-thinking organizations, we will transform health care as we know it.”
After nearly 15 years working in and around government, Suzanne formed State Health Partners with a passion to improve health care, especially for underserved individuals, by building capacity and bringing innovation to state Medicaid programs.
As Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Senior Advisor on Healthcare for Governor Terry McAuliffe and as Special Assistant of HHR for Governor Mark Warner, Suzanne has had an instrumental role in shaping and administering state health policies across agencies in Virginia. In her most recent position as Deputy Director of the Virginia Medicaid program, she oversaw the policy, legislation, appeals, innovation, and regulatory divisions of the agency. In that role, she developed a broad network of professional relationships with federal regulators, health care providers, insurers and managed care organizations, citizen stakeholder groups and industry consultants.
In between state government stints, Suzanne worked in the non-profit sector where she spearheaded the Center for Health Care Strategies’ efforts to help states develop integrated care and managed long-term services and supports programs.
Suzanne has extensive practical experience with Medicaid policy, managed care, waivers, program development, and implementation and knows the challenges states face on a daily basis. She understands how to navigate the state political landscape and influence the legislative and budgetary process.
Her academic background includes business, law and social work as she earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law, and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.