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Our Advisory Group

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance is an informal coalition and not incorporated as an organization. Overall management is provided by Project co-chairs, Bill Kramer, Executive Director for National Health Policy of the Pacific Business Group on Health, representing purchasers, and Debra Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, representing consumers. Strategic direction is formulated by the following broader Advisory Group.


Larry Becker
Director of Benefits, Xerox


Betsy Gilbertson
Chief of Strategy, UNITE HERE HEALTH


David Knowlton
President and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute


Bill Kramer
Executive Director for National Health Policy, Pacific Business Group on Health


Arnie Milstein, MD, MPH
MPH Director, Clinical Excellence Research Center, Stanford University 
Medical Director, The Pacific Business Group on Health


Dolores Mitchell
Executive Director, Group Insurance Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Debra Ness
President, National Partnership for Women & Families


Gerry Shea (on temporary leave)
Assistant to the President for Governmental Affairs, AFL-CIO