Washingtonians do better when we are healthy.
Advancing healthcare for all.
We champion transformative healthcare system reform at all levels of government.
Together we are stronger.
Collaboration with member organizations strengthens our shared vision for policy advocacy.
Healthy people thrive.
Healthy people means a healthy
economy. Our vision is to achieve healthcare
system reform through unified coalition building.
Alliance for a Healthy Washington (AHW) is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization for health care system reform in Washington State.
The road to true reform is challenging but through unified coalition building, it is achievable.
A thriving economy is just one benefit of a healthy community. With a healthy Washington, residents and businesses will prosper.
As a member-based group, AHW will advocate for WA State residents in order to enact sustainable, fair, and transformative health care policy that both advances our health care system while also addressing our current health care crises.
AHW plays a key role in generating public support for health care reform into action at the federal, state, and local levels.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, AHW took the lead on advocacy in winning the Pathway to Universal Healthcare Workgroup.
We also supported and advocated on other important health legislation such as Reproductive Healthcare for All, the American Indian Health Parity Act, state behavioral health systems reform, the HEAL Act, Cascade Care, and several more.
While this is a fledgling organization, it already has significant wins. With continued outreach, advocacy, and fundraising efforts it could become a leader in both the state and the region on moving the needle on systemic change within our fragmented and unsustainable system.
Below are some key areas we are researching for the future. You may view our legislative priorities for 2020 here.
The 2021 priorities will be posted following our Dec. 18, 2020 membership meeting. Interested in becoming a member?
Visit our membership page.
Expanding Medicaid Coverage to the Age of Twenty-Six
Developing a State-Based Plan for Our Undocumented Population
Obtaining Dental Coverage and Access to Adult Medicaid Recipients
Providing Recommendations on Universal Health Care via the Workgroup Established by the Pathway to Universal Healthcare Bill
Alliance for a Healthy Washington’s Board of Directors is compromised of a team of well-known and respected experts in
government policy, research, advocacy, and community outreach and activism. We look forward to working with you.
If you are interested in a board position, please contact Bevin or Nicole G. for further details.
Bevin McLeod, Co-Founder & Board President, holds degrees in Economics and International Political Economy from the University of Washington. She is a founder of Alliance for a Healthy Washington, working to promote policy that furthers efforts at sustainable and equitable healthcare reform. Previously, she was the Program Director for Health Care for All-WA, managed the campaign for Rep. Shelley Kloba, and comes from a diverse background of non-profit management, agricultural and economic development work, and advocacy on behalf of refugee and migrant communities. She is passionate about and committed to working on social justice and equity issues, and is focused on fulfilling projects that make our communities more sustainable and equitable for current and future generations.
Denise Ransom, Board Member, is a proud native of Seattle, WA, and a Life & Career Coach. Since her return from living years in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and graduating from Georgia State University in Atlanta with a BA in Finance, she has brought her experiences and commitment to community building, healing, and activism back home. Following her passion for entrepreneurship and empowering others, after an 18-year career as a Human Resource professional she became the founder and CEO of Denise Ransom LLC. She uses her extensive knowledge of transformation, love of people, and a sustainable methodology to educate, inspire, and support others to live healthy, happy, thriving lives.
Denise recently served as the Committee Chair for Prisons with the Seattle King County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This experience has provided her with more insight regarding the inequalities and injustices within the prison industrial complex, particularly in regard to healthcare. As a transformative and healing justice servant of the people, she wants to encourage us to all re-imagine what real equity and equality for us all can be.
When Denise is not trying to “save the world”; she enjoys exploring it. She loves meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and having new experiences. Rediscovering the Pacific Northwest in a recently acquired motorhome, spending time with family, friends, and volunteering in the community always feeds her soul.
Heather Erb, Board Member, proudly serves nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and other organizations in the areas of health care, public health, emergency preparedness, government relations, corporate governance, 501(c)(3) formation and maintenance, contract drafting and negotiation, and code/ordinance development. She has been practicing law for the last fifteen years.
Currently, in her representation of the American Indian Health Commission, Heather is working on legislation that addresses Indian health improvement in Washington state. She has previously provided training and outreach to state agencies, tribal representatives, and Indian health program staff and administration across Washington State on Indian health legal policy including American Indian and Alaska Native income tax exemptions, Medicaid expansion, cost sharing, premium sponsorship, and contracting with qualified health plans. She has drafted numerous state tribal consultation policies as well as proposed revisions to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and Health Care Authority Washington administrative codes.
In the early years of her career, Heather gained considerable litigation experience as an assistant state attorney, conducting over thirty-five jury trials including capital crimes.
Jessa Lewis, Board Member, was born in Colville and raised in Spokane. She served as the Eastern Washington Director of Healthcare for All – WA and most recently ran for State Senate in 2018. Her background also includes environmental education, natural economy, tribal issues, and energy security. Lewis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management and Energy Policy from Evergreen State College, and is an MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School (Pinchot).
Max Brown, Board Member, is a principal consultant at the Desimone Consulting Group. He executes policy advocacy strategy on behalf of clients with an intersection in the life sciences, healthcare industry, and patient advocacy sectors. Through direct work with pharmaceutical manufacturers, large regional hospital systems, local research institutions, and therapeutic innovators, Max has had an opportunity to understand the opportunities, challenges, and conflicts that churn political inertia in healthcare policymaking at the local, state, and federal levels.
Prior to joining DCG in 2017, Max ran the state Democratic Party’s 2016 Coordinated Campaign as the Coordinated Campaign Director, where he led their combined campaign effort on behalf of Hillary Clinton, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, any many other state and local candidates down ticket, organizing a diverse set of stakeholders to fund and execute a multi-pronged grassroots voter contact effort spanning urban, rural, and suburban districts across Washington state. In 2014, Max managed “Organizing for Washington”, a companion field program funded through the WSDC and HDCC working to supplement the electoral efforts of Democrats in state legislative races across 9 targeted legislative districts throughout the cycle. Prior to that, he’s worked as a regional outreach director for US Senator Patty Murray’s office, as the Political/Field Director for the ML King County Labor Council, and as a Political & Field Associate for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington, DC. Max grew up in Bothell, Washington and earned his BA in Political Science at the University of Washington.
Nicole Gomez, Co-Founder & Board Secretary, moved to Seattle in 2002. She has worked as a crime victim’s advocate, a legal assistant in real estate and in workers’ compensation law, and as an aide for a senior member of the Texas State Legislature. For the past 15 years, Nicole has been in the workers’ compensation field and has handled state claims in Alaska, Washington, California, Virginia, New York, and New Jersey, plus claims in U.S. Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation and Jones Act/Maritime Employer’s Liability. As such, she has become attuned to the issues with the policies surrounding workers’ compensation, the healthcare and insurance industries, employment issues, and vocational rehabilitation. Nicole is active in community organizing and get out the vote efforts. She holds degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington and a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University where she graduated magna cum laude and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Governors.
Nicole Macri, Board Vice President, is an elected official representing the 43rd Legislative District of Washington State, and is a leader in working to bring comprehensive, sustainable, equitable, and affordable healthcare reform to our state. She has over 20 years of experience championing reform issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. Having been at the forefront of the Housing First movement nationally, she is a recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Macri holds a bachelors degree from Rutgers University and a masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Pete Lamb, Board Member, grew up in a single parent household in a tough neighborhood in Pierce County. Pete understood his responsibility to help put food on the table and learned from a young age the importance of being a member of a Union. His first Union job was as a box boy at a local Union grocery store when he was 14 — a job that forged his belief in organized labor. It was his ticket to break from the chains of poverty and build a life that he could be proud of. From that time he has focused on his passion for the labor movement and providing a voice for those that would otherwise be silenced. Over the past twenty years, Pete has built a record of accomplishments based on his tireless work to better the lives of working people. He is recognized as a labor leader in our region and across the country. Pete currently sits on the Teamsters International Brewery and Soft Drink Workers conference and is the youngest member as well as the first Asian Pacific Islander to sit on the executive board. He has never forgotten his roots and understands how important it is for people to have a voice in their workplace and community. Through effective contract negotiations, political advocacy, hard won strikes and never taking no for an answer, his Members enjoy strong wages for their work, the contractual right to great and affordable health care and healthy and vibrant pensions when they choose to retire.
“Health care as a human right is not just a slogan for me. Growing up poor, I understand what it means not to have it. For two decades I have fought for this basic human right for worker after worker from all walks of life and different industries. I have seen the path of health care change over the years and understand the economic and social costs associated through Taft-Hartley Plans, Employer plans and Government exchanges. I know one thing. We have to tackle this issue together so that we can make this basic human right a reality for everyone.”
Pete is married to his lovely wife Laurine. Laurine is a surgical nurse by profession and they have two amazing and beautiful children. Their strong and awesome 4 year old daughter, Lucy and their all smiles baby boy, Finn. They both keep them busy with activities, running around the house and 2am bottle feedings.
Shasti Conrad, Board Member, is honored to join the Alliance for a Healthy Washington board. Healthcare is the most important issue of our time and, as for many of us, it’s deeply personal. My mother’s dialysis and losing my uncle due, in part, to lack of affordable and accessible healthcare shape what I value in healthcare policies. I look forward to working with AHW to find policy solutions right here in WA that involves people from our communities and influences the national conversation.
Stephanie Hillman, Board Member
Owner, PrairieWood Consulting, LLC; Community Engagement Director, Kinnected
Stephanie grew up on a farm in the Midwest and learned early on how people working together can positively impact their communities. As an adult, she collaborates to implement systems that will improve the experiences of patients, their families, and the people who serve them. She has worked in a public hospital, a non-profit pediatric hospital, a high-tech company, and a small boutique healthcare research firm. Currently she splits time between her consulting business and an emerging health organization.
Her focus has been to amplify the needs of key stakeholders, i.e. patients, families, faculty, employees, donors, referrers, and consumers. Through quantitative data and qualitative narratives, Stephanie advises leaders to understand – from the user perspective – opportunities for improvement and to study exemplars to ascertain and replicate best practices. She has marketing expertise in branding, strategic planning, metrics, and communications.
Stephanie combines the science of quality improvement, the art of storytelling, and the application of data to help organizations scale for growth and long-term success.
She holds a master’s degree in non-profit leadership from Seattle University, is a board member for Columbia Lutheran Home, and volunteers as the home visit coordinator for the Snorri program, an Icelandic/North American exchange.
Stephanie and her husband Paul, a nurse, explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest with their two children and revel in nurturing family and friends with delicious food and lively conversation. They go on family adventures to experience other cultures, reduce fear of the unknown, and deeply appreciate how people live and love.
Imagine a Washington where you, your loved ones, or co-workers never need to use a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for cancer treatment, or a major surgery. Imagine never having to haggle with your insurance company over approval for treatment, or medical equipment, your doctor recommends. Imagine being able to focus on your recovery when you are sick.
Please help us continue this important work by making a donation* today.
Thank you for supporting AHW as we work to expand access to affordable healthcare throughout Washington State.
* AHW is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Donations are not tax-deducible.
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