Emily Lam

Emily Lam is the Vice President of Health Care and Federal Issues for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

She directs the organization’s activities around health care policies and programs and is currently involved in helping implement health care reform at the state and national level, representing the employer perspective with a focus on cost containment; minimizing regulatory and time burdens; and wellness and prevention. She was chosen along with fourteen people across the state to participate in the California Health Benefits Exchange, Small Business Health Options (SHOP) Advisory Group, which will provide input on strategies to raise interest in the SHOP and ensure that it provides value for small employers.

Emily also coordinates the Leadership Group’s federal issues agenda, including the current regional and national push for immigration reform through grassroots and grasstops organizing with political and social media campaigns. She led the successful bid for a regional patent office in Silicon Valley and the ongoing work with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office in establishing it. She co-leads the Leadership Group advocacy trips to Washington D.C., bringing 60+ company executives for 100+ Congressional and White House Administration contacts, including visits to Democratic & Republican leadership and cabinet level officials.

Emily serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County; on the Board of Trustees for The Health Trust, a charitable foundation leading the Silicon Valley community to advance wellness; and on the Board of Directors for Valley Verde, a non-profit that provides materials and coaching for home gardening to local families so they can grow their own fruits and vegetables. She has also served on the Leadership Team and was co-chair of the Policy Committee for the $10 million CDC Community Putting Prevention to Work Grant to mitigate the effects of smoking and obesity in Santa Clara County, the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health to develop a Latino Health Improvement Plan and the Silicon Valley Latino Report Card Advisory Board.

Previously, Emily worked for a start-up health care IT company establishing business processes to increase efficiency while ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make available all the Medicare Part D formularies in electronic format. Prior to that, she served as the management analyst for the Director of the San Mateo County Health Department, where she led the county health disparities initiative and helped develop the Health Policy and Planning division. Emily has also worked in Washington D.C. for the research and consulting firm, The Lewin Group, where she had a wide variety of clients including DHHS, CMS, state health departments, non-profits, foundations, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and trade associations.

Emily is a San Francisco native, comes from a Chinese and Peruvian background, and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys biking, photography and promoting the use of technology to increase efficiency and drive systemic health care reform. Emily received a B.A. with Honors in Community Health from Brown University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University with an emphasis in Strategic Management. She is a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, Latin American Legislative Fellow, and Royce Society Fellow. She was named in Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in December 2013.

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