Sheila Burke and Simon Stevens to Join Commonwealth Fund Board

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<p>Sheila P. Burke, R.N., M.P.A., FAAN, a faculty member and former executive dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Simon Stevens, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, <a href="/press-release/2013/sheila-burke-and-simon-stevens-join-commonwealth-fund">have been elected to the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors</a>. They will join the Board in November 2013. </p><p>In addition to her faculty role at the Kennedy School, Burke serves as senior public policy advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. In her career she has served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Smithsonian Institution, executive dean of the Kennedy School, and chief of staff to former U.S. Senate majority leader Bob Dole. </p>
<p>As president for Global Health and executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, Stevens leads UnitedHealth’s international businesses and U.S. health reform and care modernization groups. Earlier he was CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare division. He also served as British prime minister Tony Blair’s health adviser at 10 Downing Street, where he led the reform of the U.K. National Health Service. </p>
<p>"We are very fortunate to have Sheila Burke and Simon Stevens join the Commonwealth Fund Board," said Board chairman James R. Tallon, Jr., who is also president of the United Hospital Fund of New York. "Their insights will be especially critical to informing The Commonwealth Fund’s work as the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented and as the foundation seeks to promote delivery system reforms that will bring affordable, high-quality care within the reach of all Americans."</p>