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Jennifer Kent, MPA

Director, California Department of Health Care Services (fmr)

Jennifer

The Kent Group

Jennifer Kent is CEO of The Kent Group. She has more than fifteen years of extensive health administration and policy experience in California that spans over three gubernatorial administrations and encompasses both private and public delivery systems. As Director, Kent oversaw the second largest public healthcare system in the nation with an annual budget of over $100B and serving approximately 13 million Californians. She oversaw the administration of twenty-four managed care plans as well as 56 county behavioral health plans. Kent has also held leadership roles in the Health & Human Services Agency and Governor’s offices as well as experience in the private sector as a lobbyist, consultant and association executive.

Her notable accomplishments include:

  • Served as the Governor’s lead policy and strategic advisor on California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, including the creation of the state health exchange legislation (Covered California) and other federal health reform measures;
  • Led the development and negotiation with the federal government to adopt early provisions of the Affordable Care Act through a Section 1115 Waiver and secure $10 billion in new federal funding;
  • Successfully developed and renegotiated the State’s 1115 waiver in 2015 with CMS that authorized California-focused program modifications such as a global payment program, safety-net redesign initiatives as well as obtaining $7 billion in new federal funding and creating a new national model for substance use disorder;
  • Implemented several integration initiatives such as Whole Person Care and Whole Child Model to deliver enhanced primary care services using innovative and cost-effective mechanisms; and
  • Negotiated three multi-billion-dollar managed care tax proposals over her career with support from industry, elected officials and the federal government.

Education

MPA 2002, University of Southern California

BA 1995, Saint Mary’s College of California

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Patrick Quigley

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

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Veronica Osetinsky

Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder

Rodney Barlow

Chief Technology Officer

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Stuart Battersby

Chief Financial Officer

Pam

Pamela Cleveland

Chief Compliance Officer

Who We Are

We are problem solvers

We embrace new ideas and develop creative solutions every day to achieve our mission.

We take ownership

We believe in holding ourselves and one another accountable.

We’re always going

We value people who have a strong bias for taking action.

We lead with empathy

We are empathetic to one another. We actively work to understand one another’s point of view.

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Alex Coonce

Chief People Officer

Douglas

Douglas Lynch

Chief Actuary

Ashley

Ashley Lewis

VP of Product Management

Emily

Emily Porter

VP of Government Affairs

Lindsay

Lyndsay Spiking

VP of Legal

Jon

Jon Ward

VP of Marketing

Patrick

Patrick Quigley

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Veronica

Veronica Osetinsky

Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder

Who We Are

We are problem solvers

We embrace new ideas and develop creative solutions every day to achieve our mission.

Rodney Barlow

Chief Technology Officer

Stuart

Stuart Battersby

Chief Financial Officer

Pam

Pamela Cleveland

Chief Compliance Officer

Alex

Alex Coonce

Chief People Officer

Who We Are

We take ownership

We believe in holding ourselves and one another accountable.

Douglas

Douglas Lynch

Chief Actuary

Ashley

Ashley Lewis

VP of Product Management

Emily

Emily Porter

VP of Government Affairs

Lindsay

Lyndsay Spiking

VP of Legal

Who We Are

We’re always going

We value people who have a strong bias for taking action.

Jon

Jon Ward

VP of Marketing

We lead with empathy

We are empathetic to one another. We actively work to understand one another’s point of view.

Jennifer

Jennifer Kent, MPA

Director, California Department of Health Care Services (fmr)

Dean

Dean Florez

California Senate Majority Leader (fmr)

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Anne Wojcicki

CEO and Co-Founder, 23andMe

Jeff

Jeff Fusile

President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (fmr)

Brian

Brian Blase

Special Assistant to the US President for Economic Policy, NEC (fmr)

Who We Are

We are problem solvers

We embrace new ideas and develop creative solutions every day to achieve our mission.

We take ownership

We believe in holding ourselves and one another accountable.

We’re always going

We value people who have a strong bias for taking action.

We lead with empathy

We are empathetic to one another. We actively work to understand one another’s point of view.

R. Lawrence

R. Lawrence Van Horn

Founder and Director, Center for Healthcare Market Innovation, Vanderbilt University

Marty

Marty Makary

Physician and Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins

Jennifer

Jennifer Kent, MPA

Director, California Department of Health Care Services (fmr)

Dean

Dean Florez

California Senate Majority Leader (fmr)

Who We Are

We are problem solvers

We embrace new ideas and develop creative solutions every day to achieve our mission.

Anne

Anne Wojcicki

CEO and Co-Founder, 23andMe

Jeff

Jeff Fusile

President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (fmr)

Brian

Brian Blase

Special Assistant to the US President for Economic Policy, NEC (fmr)

R. Lawrence

R. Lawrence Van Horn

Founder and Director, Center for Healthcare Market Innovation, Vanderbilt University

Who We Are

We take ownership

We believe in holding ourselves and one another accountable.

Marty

Marty Makary

Physician and Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins

We’re always going

We value people who have a strong bias for taking action.

We lead with empathy

We are empathetic to one another. We actively work to understand one another’s point of view.

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