Ms. Lois Quam serves as the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and is based at the U.S. Department of State, reporting to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Obama created GHI to help countries save lives today, and strengthen health systems to build stronger nations tomorrow. Ms. Quam’s commitment to public service and management background will guide her as she works to oversee GHI’s interagency efforts to advance President Obama’s mission across the globe.
In 1989, the Governor of Minnesota asked Ms. Quam to chair the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission. As a result of the Commission’s work, new state legislation was passed that brought health insurance to tens of thousands of Minnesotans, creating the lowest uninsured rate in the country at the time. In 1993, Ms. Quam took her health care reform experience to the national level, serving as a senior advisor to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s task force on health care reform.
In the private sector, Ms. Quam has held key management positions focused on building and growing sustainable programs, particularly in the health care field, with the goal of improving the quality of people’s lives. Joining UnitedHealth Group in 1989, Ms. Quam was responsible for forming a successful relationship with AARP, and overseeing the formation of Ovations, a business segment devoted to providing health and well-being products and service to Americans over 50.
In 2007, Ms. Quam served as the president and CEO of the Public and Senior Markets segment at UnitedHealth Group, a $30 billion division overseeing Medicare and Medicaid-based businesses with nearly ten million members and serving approximately one-out-of-five Medicare beneficiaries.
In 2009, Ms. Quam launched and chaired Tysvar, LLC, a Minnesota-based New Green Economy (NGE) and health care reform incubator dedicated to universal health care and bringing scale to the NGE. She also served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Prior to founding Tysvar, Ms. Quam was Head of Strategic Investments, Green Economy & Health at Piper Jaffray, a leading international Minneapolis-based investment bank. Ms. Quam previously served Board of Trustees for the George C. Marshall Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation.
Named in 2006 by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Powerful Women,” Ms. Quam attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of Macalester’s Distinguished Alumni Award. As a Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Quam went on to earn a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in England.