Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The newly formed association represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.
Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.
Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Director of Federal Policy & Strategy
Andrea Maresca joins NAMD with over seven 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 nonprofit Medicaid managed care organizations. Prior to joining ACAP, she spent several years at the National Governors Association (NGA) 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 M.P.H. from the George Washington University and her B.A. from Villanova University.
Deidre S. Gifford, MD, MPH
Dr. Gifford joined NAMD as the Director of State Policy and Programs in January 2016. She has held numerous leadership positions in healthcare policy, focusing on quality improvement and the reform of the payment and delivery system. From 2012-2015, she served as Medical Director and then as Medicaid Director for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, with responsibility for the Administration of the state’s Medicaid Program. During her tenure she focused on changes in the payment and delivery system to improve the quality of care and enhance the value of Medicaid services, including the development of numerous initiatives in care coordination, information technology, and provider incentives. Dr. Gifford was co-founder and Project Director of Rhode Island's multi-payer Medical Home demonstration from 2005 until 2011 and was Director of Healthcare Policy and Programs for Rhode Island’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization until 2008. She is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and holds a master's degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the UCLA School of Public Health.
Senior Policy Analyst
Lindsey Browning joined NAMD in May 2014 as a policy analyst. Before NAMD, Lindsey worked for the Children’s Hospital Association in policy analysis where she focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and state Medicaid and CHIP policy trends. She also served as a public policy intern for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Lindsey received her M.P.P. from George Mason University and her B.A. from McDaniel College.
Jack Rollins joined NAMD in April 2014. Prior to working at NAMD, he interned at a safety net hospital association, a small lobbying firm specializing in healthcare issues, and performed policy work for a nonprofit organization of women state legislators.
Jack received an M.P.H. in health policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in philosophy and government from the College of William and Mary.
Policy and Data Analyst
Cornelia Lluberes joined NAMD in May 2016 as a policy and data analyst. Before NAMD, Cornelia worked for the ONE Campaign's health policy team, managing policy content for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria's replenishment campaign for 2017-2019 while providing analytic support for several issues including health systems strengthening, pandemic preparedness, and donor transition policies.
Cornelia received her B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs in 2014. During her time at Princeton, she participated and later advised a mock taskforce on the role of states in implementing the Affordable Care Act for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Under the guidance of Heather Howard, her senior thesis focused on coverage of obesity-related treatments in Maryland's and Virginia's public and private markets.
Tess Moore joined NAMD in July 2011 as the Operations Director. 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 20 years at the National Governors Association, as the executive director’s executive assistant. Prior to that, she spent eight years working for a governor.