The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is thrilled to announce Gretchen Hammer, former Medicaid Director from Colorado, as the organization’s first Senior Strategic Advisor (SSA). Medicaid Directors lead an increasingly complex, sophisticated, and interconnected agency; as the Medicaid program drives delivery system reforms, a well-defined strategic vision is ever more important. Gretchen will work directly with Medicaid Directors and their teams to help them conceptualize and implement their strategic plan, allowing them to execute on their program’s vision.

For more information, please contact Hilary Kennedy.


Gretchen Hammer
Public service and leadership are the cornerstones of Gretchen Hammer’s professional life. Over the last two decades, Gretchen has served as a public leadership consultant, non-profit executive and senior government official focused on improving the health and well- being of Colorado communities. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the Medicaid Director at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. In November 2018, she returned to consulting, launching the Public Leadership Consulting Group, where she is working with all sectors of civic life, supporting the public, private and philanthropic sectors to increase their impact and efficiency. Gretchen is a graduate of the Colorado College and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. She lives in Denver with her husband, two sons and rescue dog.