Matt Salo was named the first Executive Director, and at the time, only staff member of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. This was a bit of a homecoming, as his first real job out of college was working for the Medicaid Directors from 1994 to 1999.
Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and where he firmly believes he was responsible for securing the entire tobacco settlement for the states, getting more than $100 billion in state fiscal relief, and in modernizing the Medicaid program.
Matt taught high school for two years at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, VA, which actually bears no resemblance to the school they profiled in the Disney movie, Remember the Titans. He holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and is still trying to find ways to explain how that got him to where he is today.
Director of Federal Policy & Strategy
Andrea Maresca joins NAMD with over 7 years of Medicaid-focused policy experience. Most recently, Andrea has been Vice President for Medicaid Policy at the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, where she covered federal policy issues impacting non-profit Medicaid managed care organizations. Prior to joining ACAP, she spent several years at the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, NAMD's predecessor organization.
During her tenure as NGA's Legislative Director for Health Policy, Andrea helped guide the organization's federal policy initiatives on health care reform, Medicaid, the state Children's Health Insurance Program, and health information technology. While at NASMD, she worked with the states' Medicaid directors to develop and advance policy initiatives and oversaw several technical advisory groups. Andrea's other professional experience includes time with an association representing Medicaid providers and as staff to a member of Congress. She earned her MPH from the George Washington University and her BA from Villanova University.
Director of State Policy & Programs
Kathleen Nolan joined the staff of the National Association of Medicaid Directors within six months of that organization’s launch. At NAMD, she manages a growing portfolio of state technical assistance on a range of policy and programmatic issues relevant to Medicaid directors. Her key issue areas include implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid sustainability, system reform and program supports.
Prior to NAMD, she worked for seven years as Director of the Health Division in the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices. As Division Director, Kathleen led all health policy analysis and state technical assistance projects on behalf of the nation’s governors. The division worked with governors’ offices and other state leaders to share and support implementation of best practices on health care issues facing states including health care reform, Medicaid, health IT, and public health programs.
Kathleen also held health policy positions with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Institute of Medicine. Before moving to Washington, she served as a Program Specialist in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Kathleen received her M.P.H. from the George Washington University, and her B.A. in psychology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Aaron Larrimore joined NAMD in January 2013. Before coming to NAMD, Aaron served as a Policy Analyst at Maryland’s Medicaid program where he covered issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid cost drivers, and HIV/AIDS issues. Prior to working in Maryland, Aaron served as a legal intern and legal fellow for members of Congress and served as a special assistant to a Governor.
Aaron received his JD from the College of William & Mary and his BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Chief Operating Officer
Tess Moore joined NAMD in July 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer. She is involved in much of the day-to-day operations of NAMD including conference planning, membership services, alumni and corporate relations, office management and website management.
She has spent her entire career working for state government, including the past twenty years at the National Governors Association, as the executive directors executive assistant. Prior to that, she spent eight years working for a governor.