Board of Directors

Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor

Marsha Lillie-Blanton is a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience working on health and health care access issues facing vulnerable populations.  She has worked in government, a national health foundation, and academia, with a focus on measuring and improving access to quality care.  Her professional career has woven together opportunities to pursue scholarship and teaching in academia with efforts as a practitioner grounded in the realities that confront marginalized communities.    

Lillie-Blanton currently is an Associate Research Professor with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.  She previously served as the Chief Quality Officer and Director of the Division of Quality and Health Outcomes at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  With a budget of $500 million over 6 years, she had responsibility for establishing a health care quality measurement and reporting program for Medicaid and CHIP, oversight of state contracts for annual external quality reviews of Medicaid managed care organizations, developing the state-federal partnership in quality improvement activities, and conducting the first-ever nationwide survey of Medicaid beneficiaries’ experiences of care.   


Prior to Lillie-Blanton’s position with CMS, she held senior-level positions with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).   As a vice-president with the Kaiser Family Foundation, she supported the efforts of policy analysts, provider organizations and communities in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health care access and managed three health policy leadership development programs for students of color.  In her role as an Associate Director of Quality and Public Health at GAO, she managed health policy research and evaluation teams to support the Congress in its oversight of federal government agencies.


Lillie-Blanton is active in her professional and civic community.  She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Guidance for Designing a National Healthcare Disparities Report, served on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, chaired the D.C. Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee for several years, and was a member of the D.C. Health Coverage Advisory Panel.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation.  She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports.


Lillie-Blanton holds a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a master of health science and doctorate degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She is a resident of the District of Columbia and has three adult children and five grandchildren.      


Board Chairman
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Orhan, CPA
Board Treasurer
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Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary
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Immediate Past Board Chairman
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Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
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Flora Terrell
Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
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Vincent A.
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Sweeney McShane
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Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor
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Institute Fellow
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