Kara Carter, MBA, MSc

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Programs

Kara Carter is senior vice president of strategy and programs at the California Health Care Foundation, where she leads strategic and operational activities. In this role, she develops strategies, provides overall guidance, and leads the program teams in the development, execution, and assessment of specific plans to achieve CHCF’s goals.

Prior to joining CHCF, Kara was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where she helped 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 individuals and families with low incomes. Before joining McKinsey, Kara 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.

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