Patricia E. Powers
Patricia E. Powers is a nationally known leader with more than 30 years of experience in the health and health care sectors. She joined the Center for Healthcare Decisions because she is passionate about ensuring that the public’s views are well represented on complex health policy issues. Previously, Ms. Powers was an independent consultant for seven years focused on strategic planning, public policy, program development, and business development. Ms. Powers’s clients included for-profit and non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and foundations. She served as the innovation director for the California Health and Human Services Agency and directed the state-led Let's Get Healthy California Task Force; both are efforts designed to advance the Triple Aim in California. For six months she managed the start-up of the California Health Benefit Exchange, now Covered California. Ms. Powers led and successfully grew two nonprofit organizations, including the Pacific Business Group on Health throughout the 1990s, and an organization focused on the social determinants of health. She also consulted to and served as interim CEO of an organization focused on telehealth policy. Ms. Powers served on various boards and committees including the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting (now the National Quality Forum), the National Business Coalition on Health, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. Ms. Powers received a master of public administration degree from Columbia University in New York.
Susan Perez, PhD, MPH
Susan Perez is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at California State University, Sacramento. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research (supported by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) at the University of California, Davis. Susan's doctoral research looked at how individuals use the Internet to make health-related decisions. Her postdoctoral research is focused on helping consumers to select a health plan through the insurance marketplaces that have been created out of the Affordable Care Act, and subsequently helping them to select health care providers, including physician groups and hospitals.
Claudia grew up and lived in the Los Angeles/Orange County area until 2007 when she relocated to Northern California in order to be closer to her new blended family and to live among the trees of the Sierra Foothills. She spent the first 20 years of her career working her way up through the ranks of the financial services industry until she was appointed Vice President and Manager for a small regional bank. In 1998 she was asked to join the board of directors for the non-profit, The Friendly Center, Inc. where she used the accounting skills that she had studied while being a Commercial Loan Officer to bring the agency’s bookkeeping in-house. She was spending so much time volunteering that the agency finally hired her and she became their Office Manager/Bookkeeper for the next 5 years. Claudia joined the CHCD team as office manager in April 2014.