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Kara Carter, MBA, MSc

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Programs

Kara Carter

Kara Carter is senior vice president of strategy and programs at the California Health Care Foundation, where she leads the design and delivery of programmatic activities aimed at making significant progress towards the foundation’s goals. She develops strategies, provides overall guidance, and leads the program teams in the development, execution, and assessment of their work.

Prior to joining CHCF, Kara was a partner at McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office, where she dedicated her time to helping public sector health and social service systems in the UK, the US, and globally to improve quality of care while ensuring affordability and broad access. She has worked with payers, providers, government agencies, and physician organizations to design value-based payment programs, new care delivery models, and a broad range of innovative interventions aimed at improving health and care for low-income individuals and families.

Before joining McKinsey, Kara began her career in homelessness and housing policy in the UK, and subsequently worked for UK-based philanthropic institutions on a broad range of topics related to poverty and community action. 

Kara received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, a master's in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master's in business administration from the London Business School.