Caroline Pearson Executive Director

Caroline Pearson is the Executive Director at the Peterson Center on Healthcare, where she leads initiatives and grantmaking to fulfill the Center’s mission to create a high performing health system that delivers better care at lower cost. Caroline also designed and built the Peterson Health Technology Institute, which launched in 2023 to evaluate the clinical and economic impacts of digital health solutions.

Caroline is a nationally-recognized healthcare expert, with a focus on state and federal health policy, public and private insurance, prescription drugs, and aging issues. She has two decades of experience working in consulting and research to help industry leaders and policymakers solve the healthcare industry’s biggest challenges.

She was previously the Senior Vice President for Healthcare Strategy at NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan research organization. In this role she launched a new department of subject matter experts who deliver actionable research and analysis to health plans, providers, biotech companies, patient groups, and foundations.

Prior to her work at NORC, Caroline was an executive at consulting firm Avalere Health. As the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, she oversaw teams focused on policy, strategic communications, and financial services. She also built a new portfolio of syndicated information and data products and led the firm’s public relations strategy by producing novel analysis to inform the public policy debate.

Caroline's work has focused on passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and policy changes to address prescription drug access and prices. Her 2019 article, “The Forgotten Middle,” was the 5th most read Health Affairs article of that year, highlighting the growing number of middle-income seniors with unmet health and housing needs. In 2009, Caroline drafted a Bipartisan Policy Center report, led by Tom Daschle and Bob Dole, which advanced a comprehensive health reform proposal in advance of the Congressional debate over the ACA. She is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent presenter to audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape.

Caroline sits on the board of directors for a non-profit, provider-sponsored health plan in Ohio, and she is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Caroline previously served as a senior advisor to the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund, a fellow at a think tank focused on the future of aging, and a science and commercialization advisor to UChicago’s Polsky Center.

Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Caroline Pearson, Executive Director