DeAnn Friedholm

Ms. Friedholm leads the health reform campaign team comprised of policy, advocacy and lobbyist staff from Consumers Union offices in New York, Washington, DC, California and Texas.

She has three decades of experience in health and human services policy, advocacy and administration at the state, federal, local and international levels of government and in the non-profit sector. Ms. Friedholm spent her early career in Washington, DC working on health and human services policy and legislation before returning to her native Texas to serve in several high level government positions, including Texas Medicaid Director. Governor Ann Richards appointed her as her representative on the Clinton Health Reform Task Force and as Commissioner of Health and Human Services. After leaving state government she advocated for improved health services, including leading a fifty organization coalition supporting creation of the Texas CHIP program and establishing the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas. In 2003, Ms. Friedholm was recruited to serve as the Resident Advisor to the South African National Treasury, assisting with reform of the national/provincial social grant system. Upon her return three years later she worked as a principal with Health Management Associates in Austin, Texas, before joining Consumers Union.