2019 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference Speakers

Below are confirmed keynote speakers to date. Please check back as this page will be updated as new speakers are confirmed.

Ai-jen Poo has reinvented labor organizing. As co-founder of Domestic Workers United, she and her collaborators (domestic workers and their employers) got the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, historic legislation that extended basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York state. This campaign has become a template for the nation, not just for domestic workers, but for increasing numbers of people working in the gig economy.

Today, Ai-jen is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, which is ensuring access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and access to quality jobs for the caregiving workforce. She is author of the celebrated book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, a MacArthur Fellow, and was named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has spoken at the Obama Summit, and accompanied Meryl Streep down the red carpet at the Academy Awards as part of the #timesup moment. Audiences feel called to their better angels in Ai-Jen’s presence–she is both fiercely political and strategic, and unmistakably gentle and inclusive. Her courage is contagious.

Celinda Lake is a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives. She currently serves as President of Lake Research Partners. Lake’s polling and strategic advice has helped candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jon Tester, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Governor Bob Wise defeat incumbent Republicans and her expertise guided Senator Mark Begich to victory, making him the first Senate candidate in Alaska to oust the incumbent in 50 years. She has focused on women candidates and women’s concerns, having worked for Speaker Pelosi, Governor Janet Napolitano, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Mayor Annise Parker, and over a dozen women to the House and Senate.

Celinda worked for the largest independent expenditure to take back the House and has been a key player in campaigns launched by progressive groups such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, HRC, and EMILY’s List. Lake co-authored the book What Women Really Want with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which examines the way women are changing the political landscape in America, and she also served as pollster for Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential bid. She worked with innovative message projects that helped redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, and criminal justice reform.

Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010. He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 25+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration. Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, hospital systems, physician groups, boards of directors, and health policy leadership forums around the country. After OMB, Len was a Principle Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation.

In addition to his positions at GMU, Len is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and in 2016 was appointed by the Comptroller General to serve on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which advises the Secretary of HHS on Medicare payment policies.  Len was an advisor to the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and is now the payment reform advisor to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  Len was an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS in 2012, and has recently been the Principal Investigator on PCMH evaluation studies as well as in more general studies of how to use payment and delivery reform to achieve triple aim and health equity goals.

Recently he has become focused on how payment models may be used to incentivize sustainable investments in social determinants of health.  Len’s first job was teaching economics at Wellesley College from 1980-1991, where he became Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.  Len got his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Nora Super of the Milken Institute.

John Ohanian is the President & CEO of 2-1-1 San Diego (211) and Community Information Exchange (CIE). His primary focus is driving organizations that reflect an innovative approach to become social enterprises, focused on improving the health and well being of our community.

Under John’s leadership, 211 San Diego has become the region’s central information source providing hundreds of thousands of connections for clients each year. 211 and CIE are pioneering the future of social services technology advancements and proactive community planning initiatives while serving as the premier model for providing quality services for San Diego’s most vulnerable citizens. John’s 2012 TED Talk focused on the “Power of the Human Connection.”

John has served in leadership roles in TEDxSanDiego, University of San Diego’s School of Nonprofit Management and the Harvard Management Program focusing on “Leadership in Crisis.”  John’s passion is developing teams and transforming cultures within organizations to ensure their “Why” is institutionalized. John is a former CPA with KPMG, and has over 25 years of experience in finance, systems, organizational development, fundraising and strategic planning.  His experiences have included both nonprofit and for profit organizations as both a consultant and key staff roles, including Associate Director at the Jewish Community Foundation and VP of Finance and Planned Giving at the Alzheimer’s Association.

Stacey Chang is a designer, an unintentional academic, and an unapologetic ringleader for novel solutions to age-old dilemmas in health. He serves as founder and executive director of the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. This first-of-its-kind institution provokes systemic change in health through design.

The Design Institute’s expertise is integrated into Dell Med’s revolutionary medical education and training program, as well as applied in launching the first master of arts degree in design in health in the nation in the fall of 2020. Through design-led approaches, the Institute’s work engages unlikely cross-sector collaborators to better coordinate systems of health and create models that can be replicated across our community and beyond.

Until 2014, Stacey served as the managing director of the healthcare practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. Clients included governments, research institutions, hospitals, pharma, insurance, medtech, and all the upstarts trying to rewrite the script, in both established and emerging markets. Stacey has served as a TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board member, and a Thought Leader for NEJM Catalyst. He holds degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford.

Robin D. Wittenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Denver Health, is an executive with more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, serving communities through leadership roles in a number of hospitals, including an academic medical center, complex teaching hospitals and safety net hospitals.

Prior to leading Denver Health, Dr. Wittenstein was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Population Health Officer (CPHO) at Penn State Health, overseeing the system’s network of clinics and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania. Before that, Dr. Wittenstein held various leadership roles in hospitals throughout the northeast and Florida.

Dr. Wittenstein earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, her MBA in health administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate of education from George Washington University. Dr. Wittenstein has served on numerous hospital alliance, health care and research foundation coalition boards.