Oct 28 - 29, 2014


Clarence Anthony headshotClarence E. Anthony

Executive Director, National League of Cities

Clarence Anthony served as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He is known as a creative and thoughtful leader in his community. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a "sense of community" within cities. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively.
As NLC President, Mr. Anthony served as the chief spokesperson of the oldest and largest organization of municipal officials in the United States, representing more than 1,600 cities and towns, as well as 49 state municipal leagues that are members of NLC. He also served as First Vice President of International Union of Local Authorities and as Founding Treasurer of United Cites and Local Governments (UCLG), the international voice for local governments, for four years. Most recently, he served as the Interim Manager for UCLG. He has continued his involvement with NLC by serving on the Building Committee.


Carol Backstrom headshot Carol Backstrom

Program Director, Medicaid and Health System Transformation, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Carol has an extensive background in health care policy, administration, and project management.  Most recently, Carol was the State Medicaid Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  She has also worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Payment Reform.  In this role, Carol provided strategic leadership, vision, project, and technical direction on payment and delivery system initiatives to the Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.
Carol also served as the Assistant to the Commissioner for Health Reform at the Minnesota Department of Health.  Her role there was to oversee implementation of the health reform initiative passed by the Minnesota Legislature in May 2008.  She also worked for HealthPartners (a large integrated health care system) in Minneapolis, Minnesota as Senior Manager for Care Innovation as well as manager of Government Relations and Community Health Initiatives, focusing on issues related to government program benefits and eligibility, medical education, and uncompensated care.


Susan Birch headshotSusan E. Birch MBA, BSN, RN

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

As Executive Director, Sue Birch oversees the operations and strategic direction of the Department of
Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department has a budget of more than $7 billion and is the single state agency administering Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program. Birch was appointed the executive director of the Department by Governor Hickenlooper in January 2011. Director Birch directs the Department’s efforts to improve the health of Medicaid and CHP+ clients and increase access to care across the state while containing costs.

Under Birch’s leadership, the Department has been awarded numerous grants and performance bonuses, including the highest bonus of any state in 2012 and 2013 in recognition for its innovation and modernization of eligibility and enrollment systems by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Director Birch is also leading the implementation of federal and state health care reform, while working with stakeholders to integrate care across the continuum and transform the Department’s health care delivery systems.

Director Birch has been honored at both the state and federal level for her commitment to improving Coloradan’s access to care. Most recently Birch received the 2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in the category Outstanding Career Public Servant at the State or Local Level from the American Medical Association (AMA).


William Hazel headshotThe Honorable William A. Hazel, Jr., M.D.

Secretary of Health & Human Resources, Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, Commonwealth of Virginia

William A. Hazel Jr. MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Northern Virginia until becoming Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2010. As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazel gained extensive experience working in our health care system while helping to lead a large group practice. Dr. Hazel has served as a Trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs council of the INOVA Health System.
Dr. Hazel grew up on the family farm in Fauquier County. Dr. Hazel received his BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton University in 1978. He earned his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1988 before returning home to Virginia. His professional experience includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, serving as an Assistant Orthopedist for the Washington Redskins football team, and serving as team physician for DC United soccer team.


Emilia Istrate headshotEmilia Istrate, Ph.D.

Research Director, NACo

Dr. Emilia Istrate is NACo’s research director, being responsible for developing the research priorities in support of NACo’s strategic plan and mission.  Emilia joined NACo in February 2013 from the Brookings Institution, where she was a senior research associate and associate fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program.  Her research has been widely cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN, the Atlantic, the Economist and other media outlets.
Ms. Istrate has a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University with specialization in regional economic development and transportation, and holds graduate degrees in international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Peter McDonald

Director of Business Development, Experian Public Sector

Peter McDonald is Director of Business Development for Experian Public Sector, working with Federal agencies and State & Local governments to solve key e-government enablement, identity, and fraud challenges with unique data sources and insight.  Using innovative and unique data sources, Peter enables customers to offer new services, support smart data decisions, meet regulatory compliance, lower fraud, and develop secure mobile applications.  

Prior to Experian Peter was with Symantec for six years with a security focus on authentication, encryption, and data protection technologies.  Prior to Symantec Mr. McDonald held various sales and marketing roles at several firms including Hewlett-Packard, BroadWare Technologies (now Cisco Systems), and Saba Software.

Peter holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. 


Patricia Rideout, J.D.

Director, Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services, State of Ohio

Patricia Rideout, JD has served as the director of Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services in Cleveland, Ohio since August 2011. She has over 30 years of experience in the child welfare field, as a lawyer, national consultant, and agency administrator. Rideout previously served for over 10 years as a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family initiative and as Project Executive with Case Commons, Inc. She is a former Deputy Director at Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services, and former director of Foster Care and Adoption at Bellefaire JCB in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She held a number of positions, including Program Director, during eight years at Lucas County Children Services. She has also been a Juvenile Court Magistrate in Toledo, and Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Clinic at the University of Toledo College of Law.  Rideout is a graduate of Northwestern University and Stanford University Law School.


William Siedhoff headshotWilliam Siedhoff

Director, Department of Human Services, Office of the Mayor, St. Louis, Missouri

William Siedhoff has had a distinguished career demonstrating a lifelong commitment to serving others.  Since 2001 he has served as the Director of the Department of Human Services in the administration of the Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay and prior to that was the Director of the state’s Division of Family Services.

Siedhoff currently serves on over 30 boards and committees including the Washington University School of Medicine Institute of Translational Sciences, Missouri Re-Entry Steering Team, Chair of Crisis Nursery Advisory Board, Chair of Government Division of the United Way Campaign and social work advisory boards at St. Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia/St. Louis, and Washington University. He is also a practicum field instructor for students at St. Louis University and Washington University.

He has received many awards including the national DOWD Commitment Award, the national McGough Award, Ethic of Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Washington University and a lifetime achievement award from the Crisis Nursery.

Siedhoff received an MSW from Washington University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.


Josh Sharfstein headshotJoshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Previously Dr. Sharfstein served as principal deputy commissioner of the U.S Food and Drug Administration 2009-2011 and as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, Maryland from December 2005 to March 2009. From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Sharfstein served on the Minority Staff of the Committee on Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives, working for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He serves on Health Information Technology Policy Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine, and the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  He is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship program in general pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharfstein lives with his family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tracey Wareing headshotTracy L. Wareing

Executive Director, American Public Human Services Association

Tracy L. Wareing is the Executive Director of American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), a bipartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing human service agencies through their top-level leadership. Building on the expertise and experience of the APHSA membership, Wareing is leading the Association’s efforts to drive transformation of the health and human services system in the United States to a more sustainable path that is both effective and cost efficient. She is a strong advocate for strengthening public-private partnerships in order to advance the collective impact of both sectors on the human services field.

Wareing has a long history in high-level policy development and public administration. Prior to joining APHSA, Wareing served as a senior adviser to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Before moving to Washington D.C. in 2009, Wareing lived in Arizona and served as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, an integrated human service agency. Prior to her cabinet appointment, she served in multiple senior policy and legal advisor roles in the state of Arizona.