The Commonwealth Fund is fortunate to have a group of wise and experienced individuals serving as directors of the foundation. A diverse group on many levels, our board members offer a variety of perspectives as private- and public-sector leaders in medicine, finance, public policy, and academia. The board is the primary steward of the Fund’s resources, and they are tasked with ensuring a sustainable future for the foundation.
We benefit from the guidance and support of the following board members and their participation on respective committees.
Michael V. Drake, M.D., Chairman
Dr. Drake is president of the University of California system. From 2014 to 2020 he served as president of The Ohio State University. Dr. Drake previously served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, and as distinguished professor of ophthalmology (School of Medicine) and education (School of Education).
Sheila P. Burke, R.N., M.P.A., FAAN, Vice Chairman
Ms. Burke is a faculty research fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a strategic advisor at Baker Donelson.
Ms. Bisognano, president emerita and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), previously served as IHI’s president and CEO for five years, after serving as executive vice president and COO for 15 years.
David Blumenthal, M.D.
Dr. Blumenthal is president of the Commonwealth Fund. Prior to joining the Fund in 2013, he was the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief health information and innovation officer at Partners HealthCare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as U.S. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Mitchell J. Blutt, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Blutt is founder and chief executive officer of the health care investment firm Consonance Capital. He is also clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.
Carrie L. Byington, M.D.
Dr. Byington is the executive vice president of UC Health. She previously served as senior vice president of Texas A&M Health Science Center and dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine.
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
Dr. Hamburg, an internationally recognized authority in medicine and public health, currently serves as foreign secretary, National Academy of Medicine. She is also president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Kathryn D. Haslanger
Ms. Haslanger is the chief executive officer of JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging), a leading nonprofit in New York serving more than 43,000 older adults.
Mr. Jones is a senior managing director at Intermediate Capital Group (ICG). He previously served as a managing director and vice chair of Private Credit & Equity at Morgan Stanley.
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Lee is President, Health Platforms, at Verily Life Sciences and former dean, senior vice president, and CEO of University of Utah Health.
Ms. Quam is the chief executive officer of Pathfinder International and is on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Smith is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending physician at the Positive Health Program for AIDS care at San Francisco General Hospital. He was the founding President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation.
Mr. Stevens is CEO of the National Health Service, England. He began his career as a frontline health care executive, leading hospitals and health services in Britain and internationally.
Laura Walker, M.B.A.
Ms. Walker is president of Bennington College. She was the founding President and CEO of New York Public Radio and held that position for 23 years.