Trish Riley

by Rachad Davis

February 15, 2017

Executive Director,
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

Trish Riley is Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and president of its corporate Board. She helped build NASHP as CEO from 1988-2003.

Previously she was a Senior Fellow at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine and a Lecturer in State Health Policy at George Washington University.

From 2003-2011 she served as Director of Governor Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, leading the effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated health system in Maine including access to affordable health insurance. She was the principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform and served as the state’s liaison to the federal government and Congress, particularly during deliberations around national health reform. She chaired the Governor’s Steering Committee to develop a plan to implement the Affordable Care Act in Maine.

Riley has also held appointive positions under five Maine governors – directing the aging office, Medicaid and state health agencies, and health planning and licensing programs.

Riley has published and presented widely about state health reform. She serves as a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services, the National Academy for Social Insurance where she co-chairs the Study Panel on Medicaid and the Culture of Health and the Board of Directors of Maine’s Co-Op insurance plan. She was a founding member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, served on the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Creating an External Environment for Quality and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. Riley holds a B.S. & M.S. from the University of Maine.