Transformation Center Director
Chris DeMars is the director of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, which is the hub of innovation and quality improvement for Oregon’s health system reform efforts. Before joining the Transformation Center in 2013, Chris spent eight years as a senior program officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where she managed the foundation’s health care reform work, including providing support for Oregon’s delivery system reform and health reform advocacy organizations.
Prior to working for the foundation, Chris spent six years as a senior health policy analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she authored numerous reports for Congress on Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance payment policy. Chris has also held positions at health-policy consulting firms where she focused on public health, health system design and reimbursement, and she began her career as a policy analyst at Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning.
Chris holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Michigan.