Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Dr. Karen Hacker is the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health and a Visiting Clinical Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. In her role as Director of the Health Department she is responsible for overseeing its programs and activities that range from maternal and child health to environmental health and epidemiology and biostatistics. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hacker was Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health and the Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health at the Cambridge Health Alliance with appointments at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. She has extensive expertise in community-based participatory research and has published widely on a variety of public and community health topics.
Dr. Hacker received her BA from Yale University, her MD from Northwestern, her Adolescent fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and her MPH from Boston University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Adolescent Medicine.
Principal Bloomberg Associates and former Deputy Mayor, Health & Human Services, City of New York
Linda Gibbs served as New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services from 2005-2013.
Supervising the city’s human service, public health and social justice agencies, she spearheaded major initiatives on poverty alleviation, juvenile justice reform and obesity reduction. “Age Friendly NYC”, a blueprint for enhancing livability for older New Yorkers; and “Young Men’s Initiative”, addressing race-based disparities facing Black and Latino young men in the areas of health, education, employment training and the justice system, are two of the collaborative efforts she shaped to address significant social challenges. Gibbs also improved the use of data and technology in human service management, contract effectiveness, and evidence-based program development. During her tenure, New York City has been the only top-20 city in the U.S. whose poverty rate did not increase while the national average rose 28%.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor, Gibbs was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services and held senior positions with the Administration for Children’s Services and the Office of Management and Budget.
Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy
Trish Riley is Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and president of its corporate Board. She helped build NASHP as CEO from 1988-2003. She is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
Previously she was a Senior Fellow at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine and a Lecturer in State Health Policy at George Washington University.
From 2003-2011 she served as Director of Governor Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, leading the effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated health system in Maine including access to affordable health insurance. She was the principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform and served as the state’s liaison to the federal government and Congress, particularly during deliberations around national health reform. She chaired the Governor’s Steering Committee to develop a plan to implement the Affordable Care Act in Maine.
Riley has also held appointive positions under five Maine governors – directing the aging office, Medicaid and state health agencies, and health planning and licensing programs.
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.