Lauren Moran, MPP, associate director of leadership and capacity building at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), oversees several of CHCS’ leadership and organizational capacity-building programs. In this role, she has worked with Medicaid programs and teams in more than two dozen states on topics related to Medicaid policy and operations, organizational and staff capacity building, and leadership development. She oversees CHCS’ state-based policy and leadership training academies for state Medicaid and health and human services staff as well as the Medicaid Pathways Program, a leadership program designed to bolster the capacity of senior Medicaid staff to effectively lead a complex organization like Medicaid and impact organizational goals. She also co-leads the Medicaid Leadership Institute, which provides training to Medicaid directors and their staff to help develop the skills and expertise necessary to successfully lead and improve their state programs and health outcomes in an ever-changing policy landscape. She is particularly interested in how leaders build teams, adjust strategically to shifting political and health care environments, and integrate Medicaid policy with broader social policy issues at the state level.

Prior to CHCS, Lauren worked for the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, a multidisciplinary health services research group at the University of Michigan Health System. Her work focused on understanding the pediatric provider workforce pipeline; developing pediatric quality measures under the CHIP Reauthorization Act; and providing project management support for an evaluation of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. Lauren also completed a graduate fellowship in the Office of Strategic Policy in the Executive Office of Michigan’s Governor where she staffed the Governor’s task force on prescription drug and opioid misuse.

Lauren received a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

While not at work, Lauren enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.