Senior Vice President, Leadership and Capacity Building

Mark Larson, former Medicaid director for the state of Vermont, is senior vice president of leadership and capacity building at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, he guides CHCS’ leadership and capacity-building programs aimed at ensuring state leaders have the skills, expertise, and tools necessary to achieve Medicaid’s potential. He plays a key role in CHCS’ Medicaid Leadership Institute, providing leadership training for Medicaid directors across the country, and he oversees a series of state-based policy and leadership training academies for state Medicaid staff including current academies in California, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. He also played a key role in the State Oral Health Leadership Institute, a unique leadership training opportunity for state Medicaid dental program directors and state oral health program directors aimed at supporting their ability to work across sectors to improve health outcomes.

During Mr. Larson’s tenure in Vermont, the state developed leading-edge innovations in delivery system and payment reform, and he now brings this expertise to his CHCS work. He served as commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access from 2011-2015. In this role, he was responsible for oversight and management of Vermont’s publicly funded health insurance programs serving more than 200,000 Vermonters. He led the development and implementation of Vermont’s health insurance exchange and played an instrumental role in planning for Green Mountain Care, Vermont’s universal health care program.

Previously, Mr. Larson was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 2001-2011, where he served as the chair of the House Health Care Committee, vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and co-chair of the Vermont Commission on Health Care Reform. In addition to his state public service, Mr. Larson worked for more than 20 years as a program administrator, consultant, and trainer helping states develop effective responses to domestic violence and interventions for domestic violence offenders. In these roles, he has worked extensively with correctional and criminal justice systems, as well as child protection and human service programs. As Vermont’s Medicaid director, he was selected as a fellow in the Medicaid Leadership Institute, a unique leadership training program for Medicaid directors coordinated by CHCS.

Mr. Larson earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology from Bucknell University.