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BPC Announces Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Michael Steele as New Board Members

Washington, D.C.– The Bipartisan Policy Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Hon. Michael Steele have joined its board of directors.

Lavizzo-Mourey is the president emerita and former CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she held for nearly 15 years. Steele was elected lieutenant governor of Maryland in 2003 and later served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

“We welcome Risa and Michael and look forward to their expertise and insights,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “Our outstanding board of directors has been strengthened with the addition of these two distinguished and highly respected leaders.”

“BPC will benefit from the expertise Risa brings in establishing priorities and finding creative and lasting solutions to improve health care and health outcomes for all Americans,” said BPC board Chair and former Governor Frank Keating.

Health policy has been a core focus for the Bipartisan Policy Center since its founding. BPC is committed to developing bipartisan policy recommendations that will improve health care quality, lower costs, and enhance health care coverage and delivery. BPC’s Health Program currently has nine task forces contributing to the cause. At present, BPC is leading projects on coverage and access to care, delivery system reform and cost containment, long-term care, health innovation, and prevention.

“I’m pleased to join the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization doing exceptional work on important issues at a critical time for our country,” said Lavizzo-Mourey. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and BPC’s staff of experts to advance the interest of all Americans through sound and practical policies.”

“Michael Steele exemplifies the idea that one can have strong substantive and ideological positions while maintaining keen interest in the views of others. BPC is a place for productive partisans and Michael will be a tremendous asset as we work to build public passion for pragmatism and a culture of evidence in our nation’s decision-making,” said Grumet.

BPC’s Democracy Project keeps its finger on the pulse of American government, examining trends and advancing ideas for reform in areas from public service and election administration to the inner workings of Congress. BPC also recently established an Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, which continues the work of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

“It is an honor to join the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center and to help in its efforts to engage the American people through politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach,” said Steele. “This is the right time and BPC is the right vehicle to elevate the national policy debate on the driving issues of our day.”