June 19, 2014
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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Selects New Executive Director
Adela Flores-Brennan Brings Health Policy Experience
DENVER – The board of directors of Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) announces the selection of Adela Flores-Brennan as their new executive director effective July 28, 2014. Her hiring follows a national recruitment for a leader in health care policy, advocacy and communication.
“This is an exciting hire for CCHI and the work we do to expand affordable health insurance for all Coloradans,” said Chris Crigler, CCHI board chair. “Adela brings a wealth of skills to the job, knowledge of the legislature and a deep understanding of Colorado’s health policy landscape.”
Flores-Brennan has worked in law and public policy in Colorado for 15 years, most recently as the Connect for Health Colorado director of community-based assistance programs, where she managed two statewide networks of organizations to provide outreach, education and assistance with application and enrollment. As CCHI’s executive director, she will be responsible for advancing public policy, guiding strategic and operational planning, providing leadership and management support.
“I am pleased that CCHI will continue to have strong leadership,” said Lorez Meinhold, a member of the national search committee and Senior Associate with the Keystone Center. “A dynamic organization needs a dynamic leader who can work closely with staff, board and community partners,”
Prior to her work at Connect, Flores-Brennan spent five and a half years at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy where she worked on a range of health policy, federal policy and legal issues including health reform implementation, Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility and enrollment issues.
“We were seeking a leader that could bring the consumer voice and influence to health care policy,” said CCHI board chair Chris Crigler. “Flores-Brennan also has a deep understanding of public and private market insurance and the uninsured.”
Flores-Brennan is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Studies from the University of Denver.
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative represents 50+ Colorado organizations and individual members representing more than 500,000 Colorado consumers, advocating for affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Coloradans.