Aledade’s executive team has been on the forefront of health care policy and technology innovation for over two decades, bringing real-world expertise and insider perspectives to a complex and changing landscape.
Co-Founder and CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD has spent his career at the forefront of healthcare policy and health information technology. Dr. Mostashari is the former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served as a distinguished expert at the Brookings Institute’s Engelberg Center for HealthCare Reform. Prior to his work at the Office of the National Coordinator, he founded the NYC Primary Care Information Project, which equipped 1,500 physicians in underserved communities with electronic health records. In addition to his work at Aledade, Dr. Mostashari is on the board of directors for Resolve to Save Lives - a global health organization that aims to save millions of lives from cardiovascular disease and infectious disease epidemics. He is also Co-Chair of the Health Evolution Summit. He has spoken and written extensively on issues affecting health IT, ACOs, and health care policy and delivery. He has been published in the New York Times, the Journal of American Medical Association, and Health Affairs, among others. Dr. Mostashari received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and his Masters in Population Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Co-founder and President, Mat Kendall, leads a team focused on building Aledade’s ACO network, developing ACO initiatives, expanding to new practices, improving patient care, and managing relationships with Aledade’s ACOs. Mat began his career as a health clinic executive, providing him first-hand knowledge of the needs, challenges, and opportunities for primary care physician practices. Mat also led the Department of Health and Human Services’ Regional Extension Center Project – the largest medical technical assistance project in history – connecting over 143,000 primary care physicians with local partners to support implementation of electronic health records. Mat has a Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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Mandy Cohen, MD is Aledade’s Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer of Aledade Care Solutions, the company’s new health services unit. Dr. Cohen was most recently the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where she led the state’s COVID response and transformation of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, focusing on whole-person care and the non-medical drivers of health. Dr. Cohen also served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helping to implement the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and innovative new payment models. Dr. Cohen has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is an adjunct professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Cohen received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine and her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Sean Cavanaugh is Aledade’s Chief Policy Officer. Sean has previously served as the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Previously Sean was the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including ACOs and medical homes. Prior to that, Sean was Director of Health Care Finance at the United Hospital Fund. He has also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access, and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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Emily Maxson, MD is Aledade’s Chief Medical Officer. An internist and primary care doctor, she oversees Aledade’s practice and physician engagement and clinical strategy as it relates to core product development and value-based care innovation. Previously, she has worked with physicians in metro New York’s most underserved areas to disseminate prevention-oriented electronic health record systems through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project and successfully launched the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Beacon Community Program to improve population health, quality, and cost-efficiency. She was a practicing primary-care physician for several years in a federally qualified community health center before dedicating her career to population health. Dr. Maxson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her medical training in internal medicine/primary care at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
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Nick is Aledade’s Chief Product Officer, drawn to value-based healthcare as one of the most important areas where product development impacts human life. Prior to Aledade, Nick built digital products from incubation to scale for Tesla, Google, Walmart, and Best Buy, most notably Tesla’s direct-to-consumer online sales and delivery experience. Nick received his B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago
Ritwik Tewari is Aledade's Chief Technology Officer, where he leads the company’s technology team and provides innovative solutions to support and expand its tech offerings to primary care physicians nationwide. Prior to joining Aledade, Ritwik spent seven years as Senior Director of Engineering at Meta (formerly Facebook), where he oversaw the Artificial Intelligence platform for the company’s multi-billion dollar advertisement platform. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft, where he helped found the company’s Azure cloud and held various management positions across the company’s technology teams. Ritwik began his technology career with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati - one of the top-ranked institutions in the country.
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Ahmed Haque heads our Network Performance and Strategy efforts at Aledade. In this role, Ahmed is responsible for overall performance and shared savings revenue across Aledade’s network of ACOs. Ahmed has over 15 years of experience in healthcare solving problems related to quality, cost, and technology. Prior to joining Aledade, Ahmed was with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services where he led strategic initiatives to advance national adoption of interoperable health IT as well as programs to support delivery system reform in states and communities. Additionally, Ahmed advised various care delivery and payment models on quality measures, program design, and transformation. Prior to joining HHS, Ahmed was with the National Quality Forum and the American Hospital Association where he served in various roles impacting ambulatory and hospital-based health care providers. He attended DePaul University and Northwestern University.
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Ananya Banerjee is Aledade’s Chief Commercial Officer, where she leads the business development team and works to grow and strengthen the company’s partnerships with commercial payers. Previously, Ananya was Chief of Strategic Payer Partnerships at ChenMed. Ananya also held various leadership roles at Optum, most notably as Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Strategy and Senior Vice President of OptumHealth. Ananya led Optum's strategy and product team and drove organic capital deployment decision-making across all lines of business. Prior to Optum, she spent more than seven years as an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in the health care practice and McKinsey's Center for Healthcare Reform. Ananya received her MBA in corporate strategy from University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
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Dan leads the Growth & Network Operations team at Aledade. Prior to assuming this role, Dan led the formation and success of physician-led ACOs across numerous states. He has more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare and finance industries, holding multiple roles across corporate strategy, healthcare policy, and health IT services. Dan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from Randolph-Macon College and Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees from Harvard University.
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Phuong Phillips is Chief Legal Officer for Aledade. Before joining Aledade, Phuong served as the Chief Legal Officer at Zynga where she oversaw all legal affairs and government relations for the company and its eventual sale to another interactive entertainment company. Prior to Zynga, Phuong served as Associate General Counsel for Tesla, Inc. and was the lead M&A attorney. Before that, Phuong spent more than six years at SolarCity as its Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Securities where she successfully scaled the company and led its initial public offering and eventual sale to Tesla. Before joining SolarCity, Phuong spent more than seven years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Phuong currently serves as a Board Member of three organizations that serve underprivileged communities: Project Glimmer, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and California Minority Counsel Program. Phuong has received numerous legal industry awards and has been recognized for her work promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Phuong received her J.D. and bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
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John Doyle is Aledade’s Chief Financial Officer. Previously, John was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Castlight Health, a publicly-held healthcare technology company, which he joined in 2012 as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Castlight, John spent more than 20 years primarily in the biotechnology industry where he had most recently been the Chief Operating Officer and then a member of the board of directors at Achaogen, a publicly-held firm focused on the development of life-saving antibiotics. John holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He serves on the board of directors of AltruBio and is a member of the 2012 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
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Aaron McKethan is General Manager of Aledade’s New Ventures unit, which builds and oversees new business lines aligned with Aledade’s core mission. His prior roles in state and federal government, academia, and industry have centered on population health. Prior to joining Aledade, Aaron co-founded and led two healthcare data science and technology companies (NoviSci and RxAnte). Aaron holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his undergraduate degree. He is an adjunct professor in population health at the Duke School of Medicine and Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. He also serves on several non-profit boards, including the Samaritan Health Center in Durham, NC.
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In addition to our C-Suite leaders, our executive leadership team is comprised of other senior leaders across Aledade's departments.
Travis Broome is Aledade's Senior Vice President for Policy and Economics. He leads a team of policy analysts working to perfect how value in health care is measured and shared, while creating a sustainable future for independent primary care.
Travis has spent his career aligning financial incentives in health care to keep people healthier. Before joining Aledade, Travis worked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as the Regional Operations Manager overseeing all Part A and B programs in HHS Region VI in Dallas, Texas. Joining CMS as a Presidential Management Fellow, Travis wrote the first regulations of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program, and led quality improvement initiatives for the Dallas Office for Survey and Certification. Prior to CMS, Travis developed public health research infrastructure internationally including Pakistan, Uganda, and Ukraine with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Travis has a B.A. in Health Administration from Auburn University and an MPH and MBA from UAB.
Jessica Gladden is Aledade’s Senior Vice President of People, Strategy, and Operations. Jessica joined Aledade to return to a mission-driven organization and be part of a company that is making a positive impact in healthcare. Prior to joining Aledade, Jessica served as Vice President of Human Resources at Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), where she led efforts in the areas of talent acquisition & retention, performance and compensation management, training & engagement, and diversity & inclusion initiatives. Prior to APT, she was at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Georgetown University Hospital. Jessica received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. in Organizational Development & Strategic Human Resources from the Johns Hopkins University.
Toby Shum is Aledade’s Senior Vice President, Finance. Toby has over 20 years of finance, investment and corporate development experience. Prior to Aledade, Toby was at Fenway Summer, a Fintech investment and advisory firm. Prior to Fenway Summer, Toby spent 17 years at Capital One in product, credit and data analytics positions across different businesses in the US and internationally. Toby’s tenure at Capital One also included 9 years in corporate development, where he led strategic bank and specialty finance acquisitions. Toby graduated with First Class Joint Honors in Economics and Finance from McGill University.
Doug Streat is Aledade’s Chief of Staff. Doug joined Aledade because of a deeply held belief that the financial alignment central to Aledade’s business model can be a powerful force for change. In his role at Aledade, Doug is engaged in a broad portfolio of business operations and business strategy responsibilities including strategic planning, governance, and executive team operations, as well as partnering with other executives on investor relations, people strategy, and communications and media relations. In prior work at Aledade, Doug led product efforts for Aledade’s ACO Management software module. Before Aledade, Doug worked in clinical trial operations, as both an administrator and trial research coordinator. Doug earned a B.S. in psychology from Yale College and an M.P.H. concentrated in healthcare management from the Yale School of Public Health.
Aledade is backed by leading venture capital firms Venrock, ARCH Venture Partners, GV, Biomatics Capital Partners, and the Maryland Venture Fund.
- An established leader in health IT venture capital, Venrock’s investment is led by Bryan Roberts, lead investor in several health care companies valued at over $1 billion, and Dr. Bob Kocher, former special assistant to President Obama for health care and economic policy.
- Robert Nelsen, co-founder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, and Kristina Burow, managing director, have described Aledade as “uniquely positioned to help lead the U.S. health care system, with primary care physicians at the center of their patients’ care.”
- Biomatics Capital is a Seattle-based digital health and genomics focused venture capital firm, of which Julie Sunderland, former director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Aledade Board member, was a founder.
- GV, formerly Google Ventures, is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. that provides funding to bold new companies that aim to improve lives and change industries.
- The Maryland Venture Fund is an early-stage, evergreen venture capital fund dedicated to funding and growing the next generate of outstanding businesses in Maryland.
In addition to Aledade CEO and Board Chair, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, Aledade’s Board Members include Dr. Bob Kocher, Julie Sunderland, Dr. Bijan Salehizadeh, Phyllis Yale and Michelle Ryan.
Dr. Bob Kocher is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. Additionally, he is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Member at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform. Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy on the National Economic Council. He also co-founded the Health Data Initiative with Todd Park, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality. Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from George Washington University.
Julie Sunderland is a Managing Director of Biomatics Capital, a new $200mm venture capital fund investing in breakthrough science and technology that will transform the practice of medicine and delivery of healthcare, especially in the genomics and digital health sectors. Until recently, Ms. Sunderland was the Director of Program Related Investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was responsible for managing the foundation’s $1.5 billion program-related investment (PRI) pool which focuses on strategic investments in global health, global development, and US education. Ms. Sunderland founded the PRI program in 2009 as a $400 million pilot and grew the portfolio to 50 investments comprising a range of investment structures (equity, loans, guaranties, funds), sectors (biotech, health commodities, health delivery, agriculture, digital payments, charter schools, education technology), and geographies (US, Europe, Africa, India, China). She built and led a team of 10 investment professionals and chaired the foundation’s investment committee that reviews all program-related investments undertaken by the foundation. Ms. Sunderland holds a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Wharton Business School and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Bijan Salehizadeh is the co-founder of NaviMed Capital, where he serves on the firm’s Investment Committee, leading investments with a particular focus on health care providers and pharmaceutical services. He has served on multiple private and public company boards. Dr. Salehizadeh is a physician by background, with more than a decade and a half in health care operations and investment experience. Before he co-founded NaviMed, Dr. Salehizadeh was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners and held management and operational roles at MedTronic and HealthCentral. He holds an AB in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, an MD and Master’s in Science in Health Policy from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Phyllis Yale is an Advisory Partner in Bain & Company’s Boston office. She joined the firm in 1982 and was elected to the partnership in 1987. Ms. Yale has been a leader in building Bain’s health care practice for more than 35 years. Over her career she has worked with health care payers and with providers across the continuum of care, and she frequently advises the world’s leading private equity firms on their investments in the health care sector.
Ms. Yale was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Pinnacle Award by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, a Lifetime Achievement award by Consulting Magazine, and was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the top 25 working mothers. She has published articles in the Harvard Business Review and in Vivo, among other publications, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including several times at The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.
Michelle Ryan is a financial executive with significant experience in healthcare. She retired at the end of 2021 as the Treasurer of Johnson & Johnson, where she worked for almost 30 years. As Treasurer, she had responsibility for providing financial oversight and insights to J&J’s M&A activities. Additionally, she had responsibility for managing J&J’s global retirement assets, capital market transactions, and risk management activities.
Prior to this role, she worked in various financial leadership roles across J&J’s businesses, including as CFO of the Global Consumer Business and CFO for the Pharmaceutical Business of the Americas. She has a proven track record of delivering competitive results while also focusing on growing and developing the organization. She began her career with Deloitte & Touche and was certified as both a CPA and CMA.
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