News Release

Former Governor James E. Doyle and Kathryn B. Kaiser Elected to Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees


Menlo Park, CA – The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation announced today that the Honorable James E. Doyle, former governor of Wisconsin, and Kathryn B. Kaiser, great granddaughter of the Foundation’s originator, Henry J. Kaiser, have been elected to its Board of Trustees.

Doyle served two terms as governor of Wisconsin, first being elected in 2002 and wrapping up his second term earlier this year. He has extensive experience in health care issues and gained attention during his time as governor for being able to reduce Medicaid spending while expanding health coverage for state residents. Governor Doyle is currently of counsel at Foley & Lardner, LLP, specializing in health care and energy policy issues. Doyle has also served three terms each as a district attorney in Dane County, Wisconsin, and as Wisconsin’s attorney general.

Kathryn Kaiser, known as Katie, is the great granddaughter of Henry J. Kaiser and will serve as one of two current family Trustees of the Foundation. Kaiser, a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has extensive corporate experience, most recently in executive search and staffing, and is the founder of CoachingWIT, a life coaching practice dedicated to helping women in all stages of life transition.

“The Foundation is very pleased to have Governor Doyle as a Trustee at a time when states are the focal point of some of the nation’s key health care challenges, and Katie Kaiser’s election reaffirms the Kaiser Family Foundation’s commitment to follow the “can do” legacy of its founder, Henry J. Kaiser,” said Richard T. Schlosberg III, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies. The Foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente.

Doyle and Kaiser succeed Donna E. Shalala and Jennifer A. Drobac, each of whom served nine years as a Foundation Trustee.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues. More information about the Foundation and its Trustees is available online.

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