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August 14, 2015

People in Philanthropy: HHS Official to Lead Children's Charity

Children's Partnership

Mayra Alvarez, new president of The Children's Partnership

The Children’s Partnership

Mayra E. Alvarez, who will be winding up several years in key roles at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was named president of the Partnership. Her job at the nonprofit, a national group that advocates for better health care and education for kids, starts in the fall. Ms. Alvarez currently serves as director of the State Exchange Group for the Center of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is responsible for helping states create health insurance marketplaces. Before serving as an Obama administration official, she worked on Capitol Hill for two Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Dick Durbin, of Illinois, and former Rep. Hilda L. Solis, of California.

Ms. Alvarez will replace Wendy Lazarus and Laurie Lipper, co-presidents who founded The Children’s Partnership in 1993.

National Center for Youth Law

Jesse Hahnel, founder and director of the National Center for Youth Law’s FosterED program, was named director.

Hudson Valley Community Services

Andrea Straus, who previously served as deputy executive director and interim executive director, was named executive director.

Tourette Association of America

Michelle Barnes, principal at consulting firm Interim Leadership Solutions, was appointed interim president.

Public Health Solutions

Lisa David, executive chair and interim chief executive of Medicines 360, was named president and chief executive.

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