Learn more about the Institute for Health Policy’s distinguished list of contributing authors to our blog.

Cecilia Echeverría, MPH, MPP
Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente


Cecilia Echeverría is the Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy where she identifies emerging health policy topics that guide the Institute’s portfolio of work and leads the Institute’s strategy and operations. Her areas of expertise include access to health care for underserved populations, behavioral health, school-based health, and early childhood issues.

Echeverría earned her Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellows program.

Peter Edelman
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy & Faculty Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University


Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton’s first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s Presidential campaign in 1980. Earlier, he was a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas.

He received his A.B. from Harvard College and law degree from Harvard Law School.

Norman Ornstein, PhD
Author and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute


Norm Ornstein is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal, and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Ornstein served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also serves as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Lori Potter
Senior Counsel, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente


Lori Potter is senior counsel in Kaiser Permanente’s Government Relations department where she supports state and federal advocacy and provides advice on issues affecting Kaiser Permanente. She focuses on pharmaceutical policy, health information technology, health care quality, health research, and other issues as needed. She is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s federal legislative action group, health information technology and mental health policy councils, the interregional new technologies committee, and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California institutional review board for research.

Linda Rosenberg, MSW
President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health


Linda Rosenberg is President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Under her leadership the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 2,900 government and not-for-profit member organizations serving 10 million Americans.

Prior to joining the National Council, Linda was New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health where she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; implemented NY’s assisted outpatient program, Kendra’s Law; designed services and housing for the homeless; and developed and operated a Home and Community Waiver Programs for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

Murray Ross, PhD
Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente


Murray Ross is Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy. The Institute seeks to shape public policy and private practice by sharing Kaiser Permanente’s experience in meeting the health and care needs of over 12 million people.

An economist by training, Dr. Ross speaks frequently to domestic and international audiences on a wide range of health care and policy topics. He serves on a number of academic and non-profit boards. Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, he was an advisor to the U.S. Congress, first at the Congressional Budget Office and later as executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA
Director, Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Vice President, Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest


Lucy Savitz is a health services researcher with extensive experience translating scientific findings into clinical practice. As director of the Center for Health Research, she oversees the work of about 35 investigators and 255 staff members at CHR’s offices in Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Savitz earned her PhD in health policy and administration with a minor in medical geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MBA and bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Denver.

Tonette Walker
First Lady of Wisconsin
Co-Founder, Fostering Futures


Tonette Walker, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the First Lady of Wisconsin. She currently works in the development department for the American Lung Association. She uses her role as First Lady to help improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin, working with foundations and nonprofits to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families through her Fostering Futures initiative.