NASHP Names Trish Riley as New Executive Director

December 5, 2014
Contact: Lesa Rair


Washington, DC — The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) today named Trish Riley as its next executive director. In her new role, Riley will work with state health policy officials, NASHP leadership and staff to identify and address emerging issues and lead NASHP’s research and policy analysis agenda to support and strengthen state health policy and practice.

“This is an exciting and critical time for both the organization and state health policy,” said Riley. “NASHP has an important role to play, working collaboratively with state and federal officials, providers, researchers and consumers as states continue to navigate and implement new approaches and policies to achieve quality, affordable health care and advance a culture of health across the states.”

Prior to this position Riley was senior fellow and adjunct professor of health policy and management at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She is the Visiting Fellow and Lecturer in State Health Policy at the George Washington University Medical Center, School of Public Health and Health Services. She has held appointive positions under five Maine Governors including a cabinet level position as the Director, Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance under Governor Baldacci. Riley served as NASHP’s executive director from 1988-2003.

“Following an extensive national search, we are pleased to welcome back Trish Riley, the woman who helped build NASHP,” said Susan Reinhard, Chair of the NASHP governing board. “She continues to be on the forefront of emerging issues in our field and has the expertise and vision to take NASHP to the next level.”

Riley has written extensively on state health reform, Medicaid, CHIP, and managed care. She currently serves on several prominent boards and commissions, including the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) as well as the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Riley will be starting with NASHP January 5,2015 and will be spending her time in both the Portland, ME and Washington, DC offices.

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers who are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health policy issues. For more information visit