Samantha Shepherd, MA, Executive Director
Samantha joined CCO Oregon as the Executive Director in September 2017 with over a decade of experience helping nonprofit, government, health, and political organizations meet their goals and plan what’s next. She has advocated, implemented, and evaluated policies and programs targeted at transforming the health care system, understanding social determinants of health, building sustainable programs, and eliminating health disparities. She brings particular expertise in organizational development, strategic communications, and goal-based planning.
Committed to identifying community-based strategies that can improve overall population health, Samantha is a passionate health advocate. From 2010 to 2013, Samantha worked with the State of Oregon on health reform outreach and engagement programs. She ensured that local organizations had training and resources across Oregon to meet the needs of the program and the particular needs of each community. Since then, her experience has benefited hospital systems, nonprofits, research firms, and coalitions of diverse stakeholders as a consultant and team member.
Prior to Portland, Samantha lived in Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned a Masters in Applied Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University with research conducted in health education at Planned Parenthood. Her Bachelors is from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in Cultural Anthropology and Feminist Theory.
She currently volunteers in her neighborhood of St. Johns and at the Oregon Humane Society. She has also served on many advocacy boards and work groups, including the Oregon School Based Health Care Association and the Oregon Women’s Campaign School. In her spare time, she is likely hiking, playing in a river, planning a road trip, laughing loudly, or seeing live music.
Maggie Weller, MS, Policy and Program Director
Maggie joined CCO Oregon as the Policy and Program Director in April 2018. Following the guiding star of bell hooks’ philosophy of praxis (theory coupled with meaningful action), Maggie has spent the last decade working in the area of health policy, programs and research to bring ideas to fruition.
Previously, as Project Manager with the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE), she managed a wide variety of multi-year research grants. This entailed coordinating multiple work groups to support data collection and dissemination, strategic work planning, managing budgets, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and coordinating with clients, providers and other partners to identify and achieve study aims. She managed several multifaceted delivery system improvement programs in partnership with clinicians, CCO leadership, and community stakeholders while managing the Health Commons Grant, a $17 million delivery system improvement grant funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Dedicated to health equity and collaboration, Maggie is motivated by and feels very much aligned with CCO Oregon’s vision, mission, and core values and is excited to continue using her skills in support of the quadruple aim. Maggie has a strong understanding of health transformation efforts, as well as experience tracking related policy and contract developments. She also has a wide array of experience working with diverse communities and considers her ability to effectively communicate with people from all backgrounds to be one of her greatest strengths.
Maggie is originally from Minnesota, so feel free to strike up conversations about hockey, hot dish, and/or the best camping spots “up North.” She lives in North Portland with her wife and adorable daughter and loves hiking, camping, yoga, and podcasts.
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