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Columbia Alumna Nominated for Colorado State Office

Dr. Donna Lynne, Mailman School 03’ DrPH, and adjunct professor of health policy and management, was nominated by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. Dr. Lynne is currently executive vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, responsible for Kaiser’s Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions. Dr. Lynne, who has not held elected office before, will take over for the current Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, who announced in November he would be stepping down.

Before joining Kaiser Foundation, she spent two decades working in various government positions in New York City including as deputy commissioner of the Office of Labor Relations, director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and senior vice president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. From the late 1990s until 2005, Lynne was executive vice president and CEO for Group Health Inc., a $2.5 billion managed care organization, and in the mid-1990s, she was executive director of the New York Business Group on Health.

Former Colorado Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp called Lynne “one of the state’s most prominent, energetic and effective business leaders.”  He noted, “Gov. Hickenlooper couldn’t have made a better choice. She has been a leader and innovator not only in the health care arena but as an advocate for policies that have helped make Colorado’s economic climate more vibrant.”

Dr. Lynne currently co-chairs the Denver Education Compact Executive Advisory Board for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. She also serves on the boards of Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Teach for America-Colorado, the University of Denver, U.S. Bank Colorado Advisory Board and is the former chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.