With more than 30 years of experience working in health policy and consumer advocacy, Susan Sherry provides strategic direction to nationally recognized federal, state, and local initiatives to expand health access, improve quality, and build community participation in health policy and health care systems. She has a strong track record of entrepreneurial program development and is responsible for overseeing a broad range of Community Catalyst projects including state-based technical assistance programs and issue campaigns.
Prior to joining Community Catalyst, Susan was the founding Executive Director of Health Care For All and in that role represented consumer interests in negotiations around the 1986 Massachusetts universal health care law, hospital free care, and insurance market reforms. She also directed the state technical assistance program at Families USA. Susan is an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health where she teaches a course in community organizing.
In 2004 and 2005, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master’s degree from Goddard College. She completed her doctoral coursework at Brandeis University.
Community Catalyst works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill.