Speaker Biography
Mary McWilliams
Executive Director
Puget Sound Health Alliance
Mary McWilliams was appointed as Executive Director of Puget Sound Health Alliance in June 2008, after serving three years as a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to taking the helm at the Alliance, Mary was president of Regence BlueShield in Washington. When she joined Regence in 1997, she was Senior Vice President responsible for the Plan’s HMO, health care services, and services to The Boeing Company. In 2000, she was promoted to President and CEO. Before Regence, Mary held positions as the Northwest Regional Vice President for PacifiCare Health Systems, President and CEO of PacifiCare of Washington, and the founding Chief Executive Officer for the Sisters of Providence Health Plans in Oregon. Her health care experience also includes leadership roles in planning at Providence Medical Center in Oregon and in consulting for the American Health Management and Consulting Corporation. As a business community leader, Ms. McWilliams is the past Board Chair for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and member of their Community Development Roundtable. She is on the boards of Safe Crossings (grieving support for children) and Port Blakely Companies (timber, real estate, and export). In her leadership role at the Alliance, she brings an exemplary combination of experience in non-profit and public company governance, and effective approaches to finance, strategic planning, marketing, and motivating and managing high-performing leadership teams.