In my first job, almost a half century ago, I had the privilege of leading Maine’s successful effort to abolish mandatory retirement – my first experience with a state breaking ground – well before federal action to do the same. I fought hard to ensure that no one had to leave a job because of a birthday. That fight seared in me a commitment to retire when work was going well and while I still loved my job. That time has arrived, and today I am announcing my decision to retire later this year.
NASHP has evolved and changed over the years to address and support states. We have come a long way since our early days 33 years ago when we built the organization. Our earliest work helped propel state action to launch Medicaid managed care and to build home and community options for the elderly. With each new wave of state leadership, NASHP has been there supporting states and providing unique, nonpartisan opportunities to work across agency, legislative, and executive lines of authority to develop and test ideas and to provide a safe harbor for state-to-state conversations.
The board of directors has hired Korn Ferry to conduct a national search for my replacement over the next few months. We hope to make a transition by early summer and I will remain very much on the job until then. I will become president emerita and will remain available to support the new CEO in any way I can.
As for me, state health policy is in my blood and work keeps me going. After a summer off, I hope to find new ways to contribute to the field. I am grateful for the NASHP team that has worked so hard to make the organization successful and I know they will be great partners in this transition under the guidance of our terrific board of directors. I look forward to watching NASHP’s next chapter emerge and will always be cheering you on!