Commission on Healthcare
Commission Senior Advisors
James Corbett, M.DIV. ,J.D.
Fellow, Nashville Healthcare Council
James Corbett has over a decade of c-suite experience in for-profit and non-profit health systems. He was a fellow at both the Harvard University Safra Center for Ethics and Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and he is a current fellow of the Nashville Healthcare Council. Mr. Corbett was appointed to a 4-year term on the National Institute of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research by former Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebellius. He has worked in four health systems providing strategic and operational leadership for behavioral health, consumer segmentation, population health, hospital re-design, research, innovation, global health, advocacy and ethics. Mr. Corbett has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and many other universities across the country. He has been published in numerous books and journals. Mr. Corbett received his B.S. in International Relations from Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor from St. Johns University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.
Marvin B. Figueroa
Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
Marvin B. Figueroa is the Commonwealth of Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources under the Administration of Governor Ralph S. Northam. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Mark R. Warner where he advised the Senator on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other health care issues related to the Senator’s role on the Senate Finance Committee. In 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Health Professions by Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, the Board responsible for licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.
Interested in the political process and civic engagement, Figueroa served as Deputy Political Director for the Mark Warner for Virginia reelection campaign in 2014 and Virginia Political Director for the Hillary for America presidential campaign in 2016. He earned his Master’s degree at Harvard and Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Figueroa is originally from La Ceiba, Honduras, and a proud Virginia resident.
Commission Senior Fellows
Special Assistant, NYC local government
(New York City '17)
Jessica Frisco is a Special Assistant working in a large city government agency in New York City, helping to ensure that all New Yorkers are enrolled in affordable health insurance and have access to quality primary care services. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut she completed her undergraduate education as a licensed Registered Nurse; however, experiencing firsthand the inefficiencies and inequities in the country's broken and unsustainable healthcare system, she realized her passion for policy and administration and graduated two years later with a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. During her time in grad school, Jessica worked as a health policy intern in the South Bronx for Assemblymember Michael Blake, was a community organizer and national delegate for Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential campaign, and later founded a volunteer political organization called Grassroots Action NY to continue the progressive movement through local and statewide organizing following the election. She graduated as an NLC fellow in 2017 and now serves on the board as Chair of the Recruitment/Engagement Committee, helping to maximize the reach of the organization to ensure that young progressive leaders across New York City can access the vast training and networking opportunities available through NLC.
Tobbacco Use Prevention Program Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Health
Chantel Hartman currently serves as the Tobacco Use Prevention Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) Center for the Advancement of Wellness. In addition to addressing youth initiation through policy and environmental interventions, she also manages the agency’s statewide tobacco retailer density and point-of-sale assessment initiative. Chantel is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA and National Diversity Inclusion Program intern with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA). During her time with the VA’s Office of Clinical Public Health and Office of Health Equity, she developed the Veterans Health Administration: Health Equity Summary to highlight health disparities and health equity issues impacting the health care outcomes of vulnerable Veteran populations, contributed to the development of wait list quality improvement reports, and served on health education development teams for HIV/AIDS and influenza virus prevention. Her other public health experience includes coordinating the Alabama Department of Public Health’s inaugural statewide Men’s Health Symposium and Road to High Quality Healthcare conference to educate the public on health issues impacting Alabama’s male residents. Chantel earned a master's degree in public administration from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University – Montgomery. In addition to receiving the OSDH Community Service Award, she has also completed the CDC Office on Smoking and Health’s Leadership & Sustainability School and the Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute. Chantel is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the American Public Health Association, and the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals.
Business Process Analyst, AmeriHealth Caritas
Deanna Jenkins is a talented healthcare management professional with solid training and experience at non-profit organizations, private sector corporations and federal agencies. Deanna currently works as a business process analyst at AmeriHealth Caritas, a managed care organization where she is responsible for supporting enterprise-wide business process improvement initiatives as an internal consultant, addressing operational concerns and making recommendations to streamline processes for Managed Medicaid members. Prior to her current role, she was a business analyst at Independence Blue Cross, where focused on provider outreach to improve patient health outcomes and risk score accuracy for Medicare and Commercial Exchange members, an administrative fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was a graduate student residency with the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. In addition to her work in healthcare management, she serves on boards several local non-profits in Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia chapter New Leaders Council, Mental Health Partnerships and SeniorLaw Center. A Philadelphia native, Deanna graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College with a B.A. in History and earned her M.S. in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University.
Nonprofit Health Policy Professional
(Tampa Bay '17)
Christopher Lipson has worked in Florida's public policy domain for over seven years with a focus on health policy on both the public and private/non-profit sides. Currently, he serves as a health policy analyst and campaign manager for a major non-profit organization. In this DC based role, Chris works on evidence based campaigns in multiple states to create increased access to dental care with an emphasis on underserved communities. Previously, Chris was a Director of State Government Affairs & Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association where he developed legislative and grassroots strategies in a seven-state region to help in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and defend those living with the disease. Chris is a strong believer that the most vulnerable groups in society need the strongest advocates and he has consistently committed himself to lending a voice to these causes. While serving as the Director of Government Affairs and Member Advocacy for Florida's home care industry, he led a coalition responsible for the state’s first increase of a Medicaid Home Health rate in 27 years. As a Legislative Assistant in the Florida Senate, Chris worked on a range of issues including child welfare, elder affairs, civil rights, and voting rights. Chris holds a Master of Science degree in Applied American Politics and Policy and a B.S. in Criminology, both from Florida State University. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, following his favorite sports teams, and seeing the sights in his recently adopted home of Washington, DC.
Fmr. Chief Policy & Engagement Officer, Baltimore City Health Department
Sonia Sarkar is the former Chief Policy and Engagement Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department. Previously, she was Director of Provider Solutions at AVIA, a health system-led innovation accelerator, where she worked directly with hospital executive leadership to identify and incentivize innovations in patient care. She began her career with Health Leads, a national social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, Sonia co-founded and served as campus coordinator for Health Leads’ Baltimore site, and also completed a term as a member of the organization’s national Board of Directors. Subsequently, she served in leadership roles with Health Leads for over a decade, including Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. Sonia is a Truman Scholar, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper. Previously she served as a New Leaders Council Fellow, Harvard Medical School InciteHealth Fellow, and AcademyHealth/Kresge Foundation Population Health Scholar. Recently, she was named one of forty Culture of Health Leaders by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for her commitment to approaching the multidisciplinary work of health through an equity lens. She is also a New America Public Interest Technology Fellow focused on the intersection of health, community, and technology. She holds B.A. degrees in public health and international studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is a published poet and author, with work appearing in Slate, Health Affairs, the American Journal of Nursing and the Bellevue Literary Review, among others.