Health Care Without Harm United States Board of Directors

 

Alice T. Chen, MD is an internal medicine physician and national leader in physician advocacy and public health. She currently serves as the Senior Advisor to Made to Save, a national grassroots public education and outreach campaign on helping hardest hit communities get information and access to COVID-19 vaccines. She previously served as the Executive Director of Doctors for America, a grassroots organization of thousands of physicians and medical students in all 50 states who advocate for policies to improve the lives of their patients. Under her leadership, the organization published hundreds of op-eds, reached tens of millions of people through media interviews and events, and 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 among other issues. She has also served as a Hauser Visiting Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.  She has spoken and written extensively on topics including health care reform, physician advocacy, climate change, our national COVID-19 response, and the importance of social connection. She is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She lives with her husband and their two young children in Washington, DC.


Gary Cohen, has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for more than 35 years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally 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 the communities they serve. Since its inception, the nonprofit has grown to lead and partner in 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, Founder, Partner, and CEO of Seven Bridges Advisors. Larry founded Seven Bridges Advisors in 2011. Prior to founding Seven Bridges, Larry was a managing partner at Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz, a multi-family investment office where he worked for 21 years. Larry had a legal career for nine years before that, working as a tax lawyer at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy, as well as at Shaw, Pittman, Potts, and Trowbridge. He also worked as a clerk for John Garrett Penn, United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Larry has served on the Brown University investment committee as chairman from 2009-2015 and vice chairman from 2015-2019. During his tenure as chairman of the investment committee, Larry was also a trustee of the Brown University Corporation and served on its executive committee. He has served as chairman of the investment committees of the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Communal Fund, and Health Leads USA. Currently, Larry serves as a member of the boards of trustees of Blythedale Children’s Hospital (previously board chair) and the Health Initiative and a member of Brown University’s Advisory Council on Economics. Larry was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards for his contributions to VH1 Save the Music. Larry has a bachelor of science degree with honors in applied mathematics from Brown University and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.


Denise Fairchild, Ph.D. is the inaugural President of Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. with affiliates in major urban centers across the United States. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and the outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Denise is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable community development, domestically and internationally. In 1995 she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development (CED) Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as an affiliated non-profit community development research and technical assistance organization, CDTech. She helped launch the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), an initiative of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to provide inner city residents with career and technical education for high growth/high demand jobs in the L.A. region, with a focus on the green economy. From 1989-1995 she served as executive director of LISC-LA helping to build-out the region’s community development industry creating non-profit housing, jobs and businesses that strengthened and improved the health and environments of L.A.’s low-income, communities of color. Denise received her B.A from Fisk in 1972, a masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and doctorate in urban planning from UCLA. Denise serves on a number of national boards, is the recipient of a number of political appointments and holds a number of academic distinctions, including serving as a senior fellow at M.I.T., U.C.L.A. and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.


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, Andaye’s work sits at the intersection of social, environmental and economic equity.

In her role she is responsible for the development, implementation and execution of complex cross-functional strategic initiatives that leverage Kaiser Permanente’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 Kaiser Permanente’s operational practices, she creates tangible tactics that become powerful drivers of inclusive economic development and community sustainability.

Andaye holds a BA in Medical Anthropology from The City College of New York, and a dual masters from Claremont Graduate University in Applied Women’s Studies and Community and Global Health. She serves on the boards of Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) 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 is an acting preceptor to the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellows program.


Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner, Dietel Partners, Board Secretary, manages portfolios for clients with both domestic and international interests. She works closely with the Dietel Partners team to define strategy, identify grantee and funding partners and provide assistance to grantees with their strategies, resource development and capacity building needs. Tory works closely with funding partners to help with field building in the areas of interest to her clients. She believes strongly in working towards better dynamics between the funding and grantseeking communities and takes a humanist approach to her work.Prior to joining Dietel Partners, Tory had a 25 year career in nonprofit resource development, management and governance with a particular focus in education and health and human services. She was trained by BoardSource as a nonprofit governance consultant and was a principle of 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. Mary Ellen is responsible for directing Dignity Health’s sustainability initiatives and the development and implementation of system-wide policies and practices that promote care for Earth and use of sustainable resources. In her role, Mary Ellen facilitates communication networks among her colleagues and works closely with various hospital systems and environmental organizations throughout the country to raise awareness of healthcare’s impact on the environment and to promote programs and processes that proactively address issues of sustainability.


David Mazumder is an MD-PhD dual degree candidate at Harvard Medical School and a leader in the health professional student movement for a sustainable future. He is a founding board member and treasurer of Future Doctors in Politics, Inc, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers medical students with the skills they need to advocate for their patients and communities and produce the systemic changes necessary to address the social determinants of health. He previously served as a 2021 Advocacy Co-Chair for Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF), a national network of medical students working to prepare health professionals for careers shaped by climate change's impacts and activate their institutions to mitigate and adapt to those effects. David's efforts with MS4SF included organizing a series of "actionars" to educate participants and provide real-time, concrete collective actions in support of climate policy, as well as representing the organization at conferences with healthcare coalition partners and federal officials. David has also pushed for climate action through his volunteer work with Citizens Climate Lobby and has trained as an En-ROADS Ambassador with Climate Interactive, a think tank dedicated to using the best available evidence to inform policy discussions among the public and policymakers. He is currently studying neuroscience as a PhD student and lives in Cambridge, MA.


Blair L. Sadler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is also a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, Schools of Medicine and Management. Under his leadership as former President and CEO, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego received the Ernest A. Codman Award for its work in developing clinical pathways. Mr. Sadler was a board member of the Center for Health Design, has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design, and was a founder of the Center's Pebble program that disseminates pioneering work on evidence-based design. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building optimally safe hospitals through evidence-based design and the hospital trustee role in patient safety and quality. He is faculty for the IHI program on Effective Crisis Management, an active participant in the IHI Fellows Alumni Program, and lead author of the IHI white paper on evidence-based environmental design. He is co-author of the book Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.


Nikhil Sahni is a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving organizations across the healthcare spectrum—including providers, payers, distributers, and manufacturers—on corporate strategy, business-unit strategy, inorganic growth, and operational efficiency. He is also a leader in McKinsey’s Center for US Health System Reform.

Nikhil has tackled productivity challenges across the healthcare value chain for over a decade. As leader of the US Healthcare Productivity Initiative in the Center for US Health System Reform, he works to reshape the healthcare delivery ecosystem to reduce productivity inefficiencies, improve patient outcomes, and manage overall spending. Nikhil was the lead author on The Productivity Imperative in US Healthcare Delivery, Administrative simplification: How to save a quarter-trillion dollars in US healthcare, and other accompanying pieces in the productivity series. He is also a fellow with Professor David Cutler at the Harvard University Department of Economics.

Nikhil brings a wide range of experiences from the public and private sectors. In his previous role as senior director of strategy, planning, and operations at a healthcare IT company, he helped to raise $25 million in funding and tripled the size of the company. As the policy director of cost trends and special projects for the Health Policy Commission in the State of Massachusetts, he used the state’s all-payer claims database to identify opportunities to realize the state-wide spending benchmark.

Nikhil’s 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 the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has been cited in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washington Post, and other media outlets.


Jeffery Thompson, MD, Board Chair, is a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System. Dr. Thompson is on the Board of Practice Greenhealth. Since completing his professional training in 1984, Dr. Thompson has worked full-time solely at Gundersen. He served on Gundersen's boards beginning in 1992 and played a key role in the organization's negotiations and governance design. Dr. Thompson served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and as chief executive officer 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, Dr. 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 is an advisor to 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. Kimberly also conducts research and writes about philanthropy and social enterprise. She wrote the blog It’s Not All About Growth For Social Enterprises for the Harvard Business Review and the articles Freeing the Social Entrepreneur, Five Lessons for New Philanthropists, and Philanthropy’s New Release for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She also produced the report Going Beyond Giving for The Philanthropy Workshop. Previously, Kimberly was Principal on the Portfolio Team of the Skoll Foundation, where she ran the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Focusing on selection processes that highlight large-scale change and funding opportunities that reward innovation, risk and possibility, she managed twenty-six of Skoll’s grantees over her five-year tenure. Kimberly was also responsible for curating the annual convening of all Skoll grantees. Prior to Skoll, her experience included nonprofit, international development work and corporate marketing. Kimberly holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. Following Princeton, she received a Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship and taught at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. She has served on the board of mothers2mothers and the alumni board of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley.