Governing Board
Our independent Board guides HCCI towards its mission


  • Robert J. Town, PhD

    Dr. Town is the James L. and Nancy Powell Centennial Professor in American Economic Principles in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Town is an expert in health economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics/data science. His research primarily focuses on the intersection of government policy as well as provider and insurer competition in the health care marketplace. He is on the Board of Editors at the American Economics Journal: Economic Policy.

  • Stephanie Carlton

    Stephanie J. Carlton, RN, MBA

    Ms. Carlton is currently an expert consultant at McKinsey & Company where she advises clients on Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and the non-group insurance market. Previously, Ms. Carlton worked for a decade on Capitol Hill, leading work for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, as well as advising Senator John Cornyn (TX) and Senator Tom Coburn (OK) on health policy issues. As an expert on Medicare, Medicaid, and data transparency, Ms. Carlton has also spearheaded legislative efforts to increase the public availability of Medicare and Medicaid data.

  • Michael E. Chernew, PhD

    Dr. Chernew is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Policy and director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Chernew’s research centers on examining health care payment models to reduce health care spending growth, focusing specifically on value-based insurance design, as well as the evaluation of population-based and episode-based payment models. Chernew is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT). Dr. Chernew is the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He has won several research awards and edits 2 peer review journals.

  • Aneesh Chopra

    Aneesh Chopra, MPP

    Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, a Hunch Analytics company that provides actionable, clinically-relevant analytics services to population health organizations. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12) and in 2014, authored, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.” He joined the Board of the Health Care Cost Institute in 2017, earned his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Almeta Cooper

    Almeta E. Cooper, JD

    Ms. Cooper is a health care attorney and advisor focused on resolving problems at all levels in complex healthcare organizations, integrated healthcare delivery systems and corporate environments, including corporate governance. She is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Previously, Ms. Cooper served as president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). She is an AHLA Fellow and an American Bar Foundation Fellow. AHLA awarded Ms. Cooper the David J. Greenburg Service Award in 2012. She is also a member of the National Church Residences Senior Living Subsidiary Committee and Health Care Quality Committee. Ms. Cooper is a graduate of Wells College and the Northwestern University School of Law.

  • Leemore Dafny

    Leemore Dafny, PhD

    Dr. Dafny is the MBA Class of 1960 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. During 2012-2013, Dr. Dafny was the Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. She currently serves on the Panel of Health Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office, on the board of the American Society of Health Economists, and as a lead advisor to the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst multimedia platform. Dr. Dafny’s research examines competitive interactions among payers and providers of healthcare services, and the intersection of industry and public policy.

  • Amy Finkelstein

    Amy Finkelstein, PhD

    Amy Nadya Finkelstein is the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), co-founder and co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, founding Editor of American Economic Review: Insight, and the co-Director of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Finkelstein’s areas of specialization are public finance and health economics. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her research, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship in 2018 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 2012 for her contributions to economics. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT in 2001, an M.Phil in Economics from Oxford in 1997 where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, and an A.B. in Government summa cum laude from Harvard in 1995.

  • Roy Goldman

    Roy Goldman, PhD, FSA, MAAA, CERA

    Roy Goldman is a retired actuarial executive who has been active in all areas of health insurance since 1980. His last position was Chief Actuary of Humana. Prior to that he was the CFO and Chief Actuary of Geisinger Health Plan in Danville, PA; Mercy Health Plans in St. Louis, MO; and The Prudential Insurance Company’s Group Operations.

    Roy is currently President-Elect of the Society of Actuaries [SOA] and will become the 72nd President in October 2020.   He is member of the board of directors of the SOA and completed his fourth year as a trustee of The Actuarial Foundation. He served six years on the Health Advisory Panel of the Congressional Budget Office. While at Humana, Roy help establish the Health Care Cost Institute.

    He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rutgers University and B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude from Franklin and Marshall College.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries [FSA] a member of the American Academy of Actuaries [MAAA], and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst [CERA]. His research and articles have been published in the SOA’s Transactions, The American Journal of Managed Care, The Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, the SOA’s textbook on Group Insurance, and SOA’s Health Section’s Health Watch, and the Academy’s Contingencies

  • Aaron McKethan

    Aaron McKethan, PhD

    Dr. McKethan has held leadership roles in academia, the private sector, and state and federal government. He is currently Chief Data Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services of the State of North Carolina. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at Duke University and Senior Fellow at Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. In 2011, he co-founded RxAnte, a health care analytics and technology company using payer and other data to improve medication use on a population scale. The company was acquired by UPMC Enterprises in 2016. Previously, Aaron directed the nation’s largest health IT cooperative agreement program, the Beacon Communities, at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. This work helped modernize the nation’s health care network through $250 million in regional grants and assistance to 17 selected communities over three years.

  • Charles Phelps

    Charles E. Phelps, MBA, PhD

    Dr. Phelps is University Professor and Provost Emeritus of the University of Rochester, is an expert in health care economics, medical technology evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis, and health policy. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research in 1991, Phelps is also the author of a leading textbook in the field (Health Economics, 5th Edition). He was Provost (Chief Academic Officer) of the University of Rochester from 1994–2007, and has previously served on the governing boards of five organizations (including three not for profit organizations).

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    Marshall Votta

    Marshall draws from experience in technology, policy and communications to design, introduce and implement new ideas, and serves as an Operating Advisor at Nautic Partners, a private equity firm. Marshall has 20 years of experience developing early stage companies, especially in healthcare, focused on administrative, clinical and financial solutions that transform the relationships between health plans and providers. He has managed strategy and growth for RowdMap (exit to Cotiviti) and NaviNet (exit to Lumeris), and has successfully advised and implemented services for many of the top 50 U.S. payers. He previously worked in government and politics at state and federal levels, and currently participates in board and committee activities for various healthcare industry and local organizations. He completed the Liberal Arts Honors program at Providence College (BA/English) and was trained through the MIT Sloan Greater Boston Executive Program. He's an aspiring gardener, squash player, surfer, sailor... and any other outdoor activity favored by his wife and children.