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 B.A. 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 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.
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.