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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Faculty Member Named Chief Executive at Pathfinder International

Ms. Lois Quam, an associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was named chief executive officer of Pathfinder International, a nonprofit organization that focuses on reproductive health and rights. Partnering with local governments and health systems in the developing world, Pathfinder aims to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, and stop the spread of new HIV infections.

[Photo: Ms. Lois Quam]

Previously, Ms. Quam was chief operating officer at the Nature Conservancy and founding chief executive of UnitedHealth Group’s Ovations division, where she led a workforce of more than 25,000. Ovations later became UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement and currently serves 12 million Medicare beneficiaries. Quam was also president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group’s Senior and Public Markets Segment.

Between 2011 and 2014, Ms. Quam served as special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, focusing on global health partnerships, and launched President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative at the Department of State, serving as executive director. She also served as a senior health policy adviser to Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Ms. Quam was a Rhodes scholar and was named one of FORTUNE’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” three times.