Health care and the new green economy are my two great passions.

I spent 17 years at UnitedHealth Group, primarily focused on serving older and low-income Americans. I was responsible for forming a relationship with AARP to provide health insurance to its' members, spearheaded UnitedHealth’s entrance into the Medicare Part D pharmacy program, strengthened the company’s clinical and care management capabilities and oversaw the formation of Ovations, a business segment devoted to serving the health needs of people over age 50. I was eventually named President and CEO of the company’s $30 billion Public and Senior Markets Segment, overseeing Medicare and Medicaid-based businesses serving more than 10 million older and low income Americans.

I also had the honor of serving as a senior advisor on rural health issues to First Lady Hillary Clinton from 1993 to 1994. Prior to that, I chaired the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, which led to the creation of MinnesotaCare, the health plan that covers thousands of low-income Minnesotans.

I left UnitedHealth in 2007 to lead the clean technology initiatives at Piper Jaffray. I became very interested in global climate change after accompanying Will Steger on trip to Norway and the Arctic Circle. There, I saw firsthand the changes occurring in polar ice masses and how this is affecting wildlife. I also saw how successfully Norway – a country with major oil interests – is immersing itself in new energy technologies like wind and biomass. We can do the same and stem the destructive tide of climate change.

In April of 2009, I left Piper Jaffray to become the founder and chief executive officer of Tysvar, LLC, a privately held, Minnesota-based strategic advisory firm focused on clean technology and health care. I founded Tysvar as a continuation of my journey to bring the New Green Economy to scale, and also to actively advocate for universal health care reform, especially in rural and under served areas.

Board member for General Mills, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota Foundation, and the National Wildlife Federation. Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Specialties: Clean energy and technology, health care



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