The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the appointment of Kate Sullivan Hare as the director of policy outreach and public affairs. Sullivan Hare is an experienced health policy and public affairs analyst and advocate who has led health policy efforts for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and for senior leaders on Capitol Hill.
“Kate is a highly respected leader who will help us share the results of our work with policy-makers, media and those who report on and affect health policy both inside and outside Washington,” said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, M.B.A. “Our research on national, state and local policy issues, combined with our many demonstration projects conducted throughout the nation, give policy-makers and other health policy decision-makers and influencers practical, real-world examples of how health is being and can be transformed and improved for all Americans. Kate’s knowledge of both the issues and the policy arena, and her passion for health policy, make her a natural for this role.”
Most recently, Sullivan Hare was principal of Health Policy Insight & Strategy, a niche health care consulting firm that provided analysis and strategic counsel to a diverse client portfolio, including employer organizations, corporate interests, employee benefit firms, a non-profit philanthropy, an academic research and medical center and investment advisors during the health reform debate and implementation after enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, she served as director of health care policy for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where she held Wal-Mart’s first-ever health policy leadership role.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Sullivan Hare served as executive director, health care policy, for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she became a nationally recognized health policy expert. Early in her career, Sullivan Hare worked in government affairs for Catholic Health Partners in Chicago and as a health policy advisor to U.S. Representative Nancy Johnson. She also served as a health policy advisor in prior roles as an associate director for the State of Illinois Office of the Governor under Jim Edgar, a legislative coordinator for the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Harris W. Fawell.
A resident of Washington, D.C., Sullivan Hare holds an undergraduate degree in American Government and English from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in Health Services Management and Policy from The George Washington University.
"I am humbled to join the ranks of a truly outstanding group of people who are so committed to furthering the knowledge base and real-world application of health policy in communities throughout the United States,” explained Sullivan Hare. “I am eager to bring my experience with business leaders and federal and state policy-makers to the Foundation and amplify their work in new ways."
After an initial orientation period in Princeton, Sullivan Hare will be based in Washington, D.C. at a location to be determined.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measureable and timely change. For nearly 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves.