Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH, was selected to be Families USA’s second-ever executive director in January 2017 because of his lifelong commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all. Mr. Isasi is a well-known national speaker on Medicaid, state innovation, health system transformation, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health, as well as healthcare quality, payment, and equity issues.
Mr. Isasi’s passion for healthcare reform began when he was growing up in North Carolina as the son of Cuban immigrants. There, he saw firsthand many of the barriers to health care experienced by the poor, people of color, people with language barriers, and rural communities.
Before joining Families USA, he served as the health division director at the bipartisan National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices. Prior to NGA, Mr. Isasi served as Vice President for Health Policy at the Advisory Board Company where he founded its Health Policy Department. Prior to this work, he served as senior legislative counsel for health care on both the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for former Senator Jeff Bingaman.