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Distinguished leader in healthcare and public policy joins Board to bolster local and national growth of unique care model

BOSTON – September 12, 2023Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA), a mission-driven healthcare services organization offering health plans and care delivery programs designed for individuals with significant needs, has appointed Thomas P. Glynn to its Board of Directors. With decades of healthcare and policy experience in both the public and private sectors, Glynn will be a key advisor to CCA in its ongoing work to bring patient-centered care to people with significant healthcare needs in Massachusetts and across the country.

Glynn brings 20 years of healthcare experience to CCA’s Board, 14 of which he spent as Chief Operating Officer of Partners HealthCare, now Mass General Brigham. Currently an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Glynn previously taught at HKS from 2010-2012 and served as the 2012 faculty chair of the executive program for new State Commissioners for Public Health. He also oversaw the Massachusetts Medicaid program as Deputy Commissioner of Public Welfare under Governor Michael Dukakis.

Most recently, Glynn was CEO of the Harvard Allston Land Company, responsible for developing the 14-acre Enterprise Research Campus in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. He also served as CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, where he created what is now known as “The Massport Model,” and as General Manager of the MBTA. Glynn is the current chair of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board of Directors, and former Co-Chair of the transportation committee on Governor Maura Healey’s transition team.

“Tom’s background as COO of the largest integrated healthcare system in Massachusetts, along with his longtime and ongoing engagement in the local and national policy landscape, make him an invaluable asset to CCA,” said David Klein, Chair of CCA’s Board of Directors. “The insights and experience provided by a leader of his magnitude will undoubtedly provide critical insight as CCA continues to evolve its efforts to efficiently and effectively deliver the medical, social, and behavioral health services our members need. Tom’s guidance will unquestionably bolster CCA’s success as we seek to expand its unique model of care across the country.”

“As one of the most respected health and policy leaders in our state, Tom is an extraordinary addition to our Board of Directors,” said Chris Palmieri, President and CEO of CCA. “At CCA, we are focused on providing the best possible care to our members, many of whom have significant medical and nonmedical needs.  Tom is an exemplar of healthcare leadership and public service, and his appointment will help us continue to transform our local healthcare for the better while bringing that success to more people across the country.”

Before Partners, Glynn served as Assistant Dean of the Heller School of Brandeis University, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at Brown University, and Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.

Glynn has served on the Board of Directors of the Pine Street Inn, an agency that serves people experiencing homelessness, the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, John Hancock Financial Services, Brandeis University, and McLean Hospital, and as a committee member of the Harvard Corporation Committee on Facilities and Capital Planning. He holds a PhD from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a BA from Tufts University.

For more information about the CCA Board of Directors, visit the Leadership section of the CCA website at  

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