Our Team

 
 
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JOel WHITE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Joel White is Executive Director of Health Innovation Alliance, a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy heath information technology to improve quality, outcomes, and patient safety and to lower costs. Mr. White spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, during which he helped enact nine laws, including the Medicare Modernization Act, the Deficit Reduction Act, the Tax Reform and Health Care Act, the Trade Act, and the Children’s Health Act. Mr. White was instrumental in developing the Part D e-prescribing law in the Medicare Modernization Act and in developing legislation that passed the House to promote the adoption and use of health information technology. Mr. White was the Staff Director of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee with responsibility for advising Members of Congress and directing staff on all policy issues within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. The issues include Medicare, Health Savings Accounts, tax credits for health insurance, HIPAA, mental health parity, and health information technology.

 
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Allison Wils
Vice President of Strategy

Allison Wils, Esq., joined Health Innovation Alliance in 2018 as Vice President of Strategy.

Wils brings to the role a wealth of strategic development experience, having launched and served as the first Executive Director of The ERISA Industry Committee's (ERIC) State Mandate Action Program - a resource providing ERIC members with real-time, actionable information on current and emerging state and local laws and regulations. As ERIC’s Senior Director of Health Policy, Wils monitored legislative and regulatory activity across the country, conducted analyses and advised members on appropriate policy responses.

Most recently, Wils served as Health Policy Advisor for Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies where she advised clients on healthcare matters at the federal and state level and led advocacy efforts before decisionmakers in Congress and the administration.

Earlier in her career, Wils served as a Policy Specialist for the National Academy for State Health Policy and a Contracts & Grants Specialist for the Cover Oregon state-based exchange.

A graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law, Wils developed the law school's first certificate in law and government with an emphasis on health policy. Wils designed the course of study herself, becoming the first student to graduate with such a concentration. While there, Wils also gained key experience as a law clerk representing state regulatory boards before the Department of Justice and founded the school's Health and Law Policy Society

 

Catherine Pugh
SENIOR DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Catherine is Senior Director of Government Affairs for Health Innovation Alliance. Before joining the coalition in September 2014, she spent three and a half years at the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), where she managed policy initiatives and formulated legislative and advocacy strategies in federal issue areas including Medicare, telehealth, and federal appropriations. At PAN, Catherine also helped coordinate a national network of volunteer grassroots advocates working towards better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s by educating the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

Catherine holds a BA in International Studies with a focus in US Foreign Policy from American University.