Health Care Without Harm United States Board of Directors

Dr. Alice T. Chen is an internal medicine physician and national leader in physician advocacy and public health. She currently serves as senior advisor to Made to Save, a national grassroots public outreach campaign helping communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 access information and vaccines.access COVID-19 vaccines. She previously served as executive director of Doctors for America, a national network of physicians and medical students who advocate for policies to improve patients’ lives. Under her leadership, the organization played an important role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in multiple states and the push for federal funding for gun violence research. She has served as a Hauser Visiting Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership and has spoken and written extensively on the topics of health care reform, physician advocacy, climate change, COVID-19 response, and social connection. She is also an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 


Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for more than 35 years, helping to build global coalitions and networks to address health impacts related to climate change and toxic chemical exposure. Cohen is co-founder and president of Health Care Without Harm, created in 1996 to help transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and support the health and climate resilience of communities. Since its inception, the nonprofit has grown to lead and partner on groundbreaking initiatives in more than 72 countries. Cohen was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House in 2013. In 2015, Cohen received a MacArthur Fellowship and a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. For more about Cohen and his work, view the MacArthur Award video.


Laurence W. Cohen, Board Treasurer, is founder, partner, and CEO of Seven Bridges Advisors. Before founding Seven Bridges, Cohen worked as a managing partner at Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz and as a tax lawyer at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy, as well as at Shaw, Pittman, Potts, and Trowbridge. He served as a clerk for John Garrett Penn, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He served as chairman of the Brown University investment committee from 2009 to 2015 and vice-chairman from 2015 to 2019, and as a trustee of the Brown University Corporation and a member of its executive committee. He served as chairman of the investment committees of the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Communal Fund, and Health Leads USA. Currently, Cohen serves as a board member for Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Brown University’s Advisory Council on Economics. He was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards for his contributions to VH1 Save the Music. 


Andaye Hill-Espinoza is the national lead, Southern California regional liaison, and manager of strategic partnerships for economic impact within impact spending at Kaiser Permanente. Passionate about closing the health-wealth gap, Hill-Espinoza’s work sits at the intersection of social, environmental, and economic equity. She is responsible for development, implementation, and execution of complex, cross-functional strategic initiatives that leverage the organization’s purchasing power, as well as total health strategy as a vehicle for addressing the social determinants of health. By layering social and economic impact lenses and the anchor mission framework into operational practices, she creates tangible tactics that drive inclusive economic development and community sustainability. She serves on the boards of Women’s Business Enterprise Council West and the Kim Center for Social Balance. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and an acting preceptor to the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellows program.


Dr. Denise Fairchild is the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative, where she works to advance the organization’s mission to green cities, build resilient local economies, and ensure equity and inclusion in the process and outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Fairchild is nationally recognized for her 40-year track record in innovative sustainable community development programs. In 1995, she founded and directed the community and economic development department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), and CDTech, an affiliated nonprofit community development research and technical assistance organization. She helped launch the Regional Economic Development Institute, an LATTC initiative providing residents with career and technical education, with a focus on the green economy. She serves on several national boards, is the recipient of several political appointments, and is a senior fellow at MIT, UCLA, and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.


Tory Dietel Hopps, Board Secretary, manages portfolios for clients with both domestic and international interest as managing partner at Dietel Partners. She works closely with her team to define strategy, identify grantee and funding partners, and assist grantees with their strategies, resource development, and capacity-building needs. She works closely with funding partners to help with field building in areas of interest to her clients. She believes strongly in working toward better dynamics between the funding and grantseeking communities and takes a humanist approach to her work. Before joining Dietel Partners, she had a 25-year career in nonprofit resource development, management, and governance with a focus in education and health and human services. She was trained by BoardSource as a nonprofit governance consultant and was a principal at Turning Point Consulting, which focused on strategic planning and organizational capacity building in the nonprofit sector.


Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski serves as the vice president for corporate responsibility for Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health provides patient-centered care at more than 380 care centers, including 39 acute care hospitals located in California, Arizona, and Nevada. She is responsible for directing Dignity Health’s sustainability initiatives and developing and implementing system-wide policies and practices promoting care for the earth and sustainable use of resources. In her role, she facilitates communication networks among her colleagues and works closely with various hospital systems and environmental organizations throughout the country to raise awareness of health care’s environmental impact and to promote programs and processes that improve sustainability. 


David Mazumder is an M.D.–Ph.D. dual-degree candidate at Harvard Medical School and a leader in the student health professional movement for a sustainable future. He is a founding board member and treasurer of Future Doctors in Politics, Inc., a nonprofit educating and empowering medical students to advocate for their patients and communities and for systemic changes to address the social determinants of health. He served as a 2021 advocacy co-chair for Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF), a national network of students working to prepare health professionals for careers shaped by climate change's impacts and activate their institutions to take climate action. At MS4SF, he organized an educational series to provide real-time, collective action in support of climate policy and represented the organization at conferences. He has pushed for climate action through volunteer work with Citizens Climate Lobby and trained as an En-ROADS ambassador with Climate Interactive.


Blair L. Sadler is a senior fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego Schools of Medicine and Management. As president and CEO of Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, Sadler received the Ernest A. Codman Award for work in developing clinical pathways. As a board member of the Center for Health Design, he has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design. He was a founder of the center's pebble program, which disseminates pioneering work on evidence-based design. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building safe hospitals through evidence-based design and the hospital trustee’s role in patient safety and quality. He is an active participant in the IHI Fellows Alumni Program, lead author of the IHI white paper on evidence-based environmental design, and co-author of the book “Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.”


Nikhil Sahni is a partner at McKinsey and Company, advising health care organizations on corporate strategy, business-unit strategy, inorganic growth, and operational efficiency, and a leader in McKinsey’s Center for U.S. Health System Reform. Sahni serves as a fellow with Professor David Cutler at the Harvard University department of economics. In his previous role as senior director of strategy, planning, and operations at a health care IT company, he helped raise $25 million and tripled the company’s size. As policy director of cost trends and special projects for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, he used the state’s all-payer claims database to identify opportunities to realize the state-wide spending benchmark. His academic work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has been cited in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, and Washington Post.


Dr. Jeffery Thompson, Board Chair, is a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, executive advisor, and CEO emeritus at Gundersen Health System. Thompson is on the board of Practice Greenhealth. Since completing his professional training in 1984, he has worked full-time at Gundersen. He served on Gundersen's boards beginning in 1992 and played a key role in the organization's negotiations and governance design. Thompson served as Gunderson’s executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and as CEO from 2001 to 2015. A founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and a 2013 White House Champion of Change, Thompson has led Gundersen's nationally-recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement, and sustainability.


Kimberly Dasher Tripp is founder and principal of Strategy for Scale, where she advises high-impact organizations and private foundations. She partners with new and established philanthropists to build clear, impact-oriented strategies and processes to accelerate systems change. With social enterprises, she works on issues related to the nuanced art of scaling impact: strategic plans that drive measurable outcomes and can be operationalized; governance; leadership, and talent; development strategy and growth plans; and impact measurement. She also conducts research and writes about philanthropy and social enterprise. She was previously principal on the portfolio team of the Skoll Foundation, where she ran the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Before Skoll, her experience included nonprofit, international development, and corporate marketing work. She has served on the board of mothers2mothers and the alumni board of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Ronald Wyatt is Vice-President and Patient Safety Officer at MCIC Vermont, a risk-retention group, where he leads multiple patient safety initiatives for several leading academic health systems. He is an internationally known equity, safety and quality improvement/implementation expert. Dr. Wyatt was the first co-chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Equity Advisory Group and is faculty for the IHI Pursuing Equity Initiative. After serving as the Medical Director for the US Defense Health Agency/Military Health System Patient Safety Analysis Center, he became the first medical director of The Joint Commission (TJC) Office or Quality and Patient Safety and the first patient safety officer for The Joint Commission. While at TJC, Dr. Wyatt led the team that wrote the Patient Safety Systems Chapter, contributed to Sentinel Event Alerts and created the Quick Safety publication. He served as technical advisor on the RCA2 document that has been widely adopted as a guide to completing a root cause analysis. Currently, he is faculty/advisor/coach on multiple health equity collaboratives including BCBS Massachusetts/IHI, ACGME BCBS Illinois Equity Matters, KC Learning Action Network and the Providence health system equity collaboratives. He serves as an implementation specialist on the Veterans Health Administration High reliability collaborative. Dr. Wyatt has written and published many articles, blog pieces and  chapters on patient safety, health equity/disparity and process improvement.