Patricia E. Powers, MPA

Executive Director | Center for Healthcare Decisions

Patricia Powers possesses more than 30 years of experience as a nationally known leader in
both the private and public health care and health sectors. She currently serves as the executive
director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated
to eliciting citizens’ perspectives on complex health policy issues.

Previously, Ms. Powers provided independent consultant services focused on strategic visioning,
public policy, and program and business development. Her clients included for-profit and nonprofit
organizations, state and federal agencies, and foundations. She served as the innovation
director for a State of California effort that produced the California State Health Care Innovation
Plan, as well as directed the state-led Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. In 2011, she served
as acting administrative officer for the start-up of the California Health Benefit Exchange (now
Covered California).

Ms. Powers led several other nonprofit organizations including the Center for Health
Improvement (CHI), a nonprofit health policy and technical assistance center dedicated to
improving population health and encouraging healthy behaviors. At CHI she helped to
conceptualize and then led the initial national program office for a Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, as well as for the Agency for Healthcare
Research & Quality Learning Network for Chartered Value Exchanges. Throughout the 1990s,
Ms. Powers served as the president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on
Health (PBGH), achieving a national reputation for cutting-edge market-wide initiatives that
resulted in significant reductions in health care costs, improved quality of care, enhanced data
and information, and provided consumers with relevant decision-making tools and content. She
cofounded the Leapfrog Group, designed to reduce medical errors.

Ms. Powers spent five years in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in health care financing
and policy analysis. She received a BA from the University of Michigan and a master of public
administration degree from Columbia University. Ms. Powers currently sits on the board of the
Integrated Healthcare Association, and has held positions on the board of directors and various
committees of the National Committee on Quality Assurance and one of two purchaser seats on
the National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting (now the National
Quality Forum). She was a member of the board of the National Business Coalition on Health
and served on the Physician Payment Review Commission.