Caroline Davis


Expertise: Health care delivery and financing; Medi-Cal; health coverage for the uninsured; managed care; safety-net providers; strategic planning; organizational support and project management; government/regulatory affairs.

Experience: Founder, Davis Health Strategies, LLC; Senior Policy Director, Local Health Plans of California; Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates; Senior Operations Manager, Center to Promote Health Care Access; Program Officer, California HealthCare Foundation; Special Projects Coordinator, California Department of Health Services; Senior Research Associate, Laguna Research Associates; Deputy Health Financing Branch Chief, White House Office of Management & Budget.

Education: Duke University, MPP; Carleton College, BA, political science (cum laude).

Caroline Davis is a recognized health policy expert with over 20 years of experience in health care financing, policy development and implementation at the federal, state and local levels, with an emphasis on Medicaid, Medicare, and programs for the uninsured. She has extensive experience with California’s health programs for low-income populations, especially the state’s Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program. She focuses on helping health care-related organizations improve care for vulnerable and safety-net populations. From 2014-2018, Caroline was the Senior Policy Director for the Local Health Plans of California (LHPC). In this role, she provided leadership and strategic direction to identify policy and advocacy positions for California’s 16 locally-based health plans as well as analysis of the operational impacts of Medi-Cal legislative and regulatory proposals.

Prior to joining LHPC in 2014, Caroline was a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates (HMA) where she worked with public agencies, health plans and foundations on a range of Medicaid and health-reform related issues. Prior to joining HMA, she founded and served as the Senior Operations Manager for the California-based Center to Promote HealthCare Access – now known as Social Interest Solutions – and as a Program Officer with the California HealthCare Foundation. Caroline also has served on the senior staff of California’s Medi-Cal program, where she worked on a variety of policy, financing, reimbursement and operational issues. She started her career in Washington, D.C. as the lead Medicare analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Caroline earned her master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and her bachelor’s degree in political science (cum laude) from Carleton College.