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Ali Santore is the Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Affairs for Providence St. Joseph Health, a multi-state, not-for-profit health system committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. With system offices based in Renton, Wash. and Irvine, Calif., Providence St. Joseph Health is the parent organization of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. Providence St. Joseph Health employs more than 111,000 caregivers who serve in 50 hospitals, 829 clinics, two health plans and hundreds of programs and services in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
In this role, Ali has excelled in leading through times of change and transformation. She developed and implemented Providence St. Joseph Health’s national engagement strategy aligned with Providence St. Joseph’s core strategy and mission to improve programs and care for the poor and vulnerable. Ali has advanced federal priorities that preserve or expand care for the underserved, positioning Providence St. Joseph Health as a leading advocate for the successful passage of the PACE Innovation Act and the establishment of Medicare reimbursement for advanced care planning.
Prior to her employment with Providence St. Joseph Health, Ali advocated for Providence Health and Services as a Vice President of CFM Strategic Communications, a federal lobbying firm based in Portland, OR. She also served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Gordon H. Smith and as professional staff to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging during Senator Smith’s tenure as both chairman and ranking member. Ali advised Senator Smith's health and human services legislative agenda during the Senator’s service on the Senate Finance Committee; the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education.
Ali graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in political science and philosophy. Ali is a member of the Washington D.C. Society of Young Professionals, on the board of the Oregon State Society and is a guest lecturer at the George Washington University Milken School for Public Health. Ali was also nationally recognized in 2016 with Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leader award. Ali lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two young daughters.