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AHIP Appoints Two New Executive Leaders in Its Continued Mission to Guide Greater Health

Press Release

Sohini Gupta joins to lead Government Affairs & Innovations, Robert Traynham joins to lead Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

Published Apr 5, 2023 • by AHIP

Washington, D.C. – April 5, 2023 – AHIP has added two new members to its executive leadership team as the association continues its work to guide greater health, improving health care affordability, access, quality, and value for every American. Sohini Gupta has been named Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Innovations, leading AHIP’s federal and state lobbying and advocacy. Robert Traynham has been named Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, leading AHIP’s communications, public affairs, and engagement. Both appointments are effective immediately.

“Every American deserves the improved health and financial stability that health insurance provides, and AHIP’s members are committed to delivering for them every single day,” said Matt Eyles, AHIP President and CEO. “I am excited to have Sohini and Robert join our leadership team as we advocate for new solutions, new collaborations, and new ways to support Americans with high-quality coverage and care. Their expertise, insights, and leadership will be essential as we continue to build on and improve what’s working in American health care.”

As Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Innovations, Sohini Gupta leads AHIP’s advocacy teams in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 states, engaging with legislators and policymakers on matters impacting coverage, care, and patient outcomes. Gupta joins AHIP from Global Medical Response, where she led government affairs for the nation’s largest ground and air emergency response company. Her 25 years of experience includes government affairs leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group; WellCare, which was acquired by Centene; the American Hospital Association; and Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. Gupta earned her undergraduate degree from Butler University and a J.D. from Indiana University.

“AHIP is an essential voice on real solutions and policies that will improve coverage and care delivery nationally for everyone,” Gupta said. “I am pleased to join this team of talented leaders and experts who are so strongly committed to driving innovation, collaboration, and public-private partnerships that work to build healthier communities.”

As Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Robert Traynham leads AHIP’s communications, coalitions, campaigns, and engagement on the most essential priorities of the association’s members. Traynham joins AHIP from Meta, where he led public affairs for the social media leader. He has also served as a communications and public affairs leader at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Wal-Mart and at Comcast, and he has been a prominent political analyst on media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. Traynham is also a Professor and Fellow at Georgetown University. Traynham earned his undergraduate degree from Cheyney University, a master’s degree in political communications from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

“Health care affordability and access touches every American family, and AHIP clearly is a leader in engaging on these issues, working hard every day to ensure that people have access,” Traynham said. “I look forward to being part of this team as we continue to engage on these issues, which are so central to Americans’ health, well-being, and financial security.”

Learn more about AHIP’s leadership team and its commitment to market-based solutions to make health care better, more affordable, and more accessible.

About AHIP

AHIP is the national association whose members provide health care coverage, services, and solutions to hundreds of millions of Americans every day. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that make health care better and coverage more affordable and accessible for everyone. Visit to learn how working together, we are Guiding Greater Health.