Carrie Coleman prides herself on being a health policy wonk who loves to dive deep into the arcana of almost any issue in the healthcare arena, but she’s made her niche mostly in the specialized skill of interpreting those details into a big picture for policy-makers and consumers. She has 25 years of experience in public policy and communications for state legislatures, U.S. Congress, non-profits, trade associations and health plans.
The early part of Carrie’s career took her back and forth between Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Texas Legislature, then a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then again for the Texas Senate, where she was the staff lead responsible for negotiating and passing Medicaid-managed care legislation. She also successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature against cuts in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance on behalf of community-based, non-profit health plans serving those populations.
In Minnesota, she spent two years as a vice president of public policy and government affairs at UnitedHealth Group, where she worked behind the scenes managing government affairs negotiations on high-profile state legislation and leading cross-company teams to develop consensus positions on health reform. More recently she was Director of Policy and Communications at MN Community Measurement, a non-profit organization that gathers and reports information on quality of care at Minnesota hospitals and physician clinics. In that role she was responsible for media relations, communications, government relations and new business development. She was particularly focused on presenting the organization’s data in ways that were accessible to consumers.
Carrie has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Texas and a master’s in public policy from Texas A&M University. Married into a St. Paul political family, Carrie is happy to be settled in Minnesota with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.
Her areas of expertise include: health care, government relations, stakeholder relations, communications, strategic planning, program design and implementation, and data-driven evaluation.
Carrie’s Texas twang only reveals itself when she’s tired or trying to pronounce the word “file”. When you think Texas, Carrie would like you to think Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan and Molly Ivins.
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