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Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker

Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle is a partner and co-founder of Consonance Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in innovative health care companies in the lower middle-market. She is a director of CVS Health and HCA Healthcare, as well as Consonance portfolio companies Enclara Pharmacia, Turn-Key Health, and Psychiatric Medical Care. From 2011 to January 2013, she was assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy in the Obama White House. A health policy expert, DeParle previously served as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, where she spearheaded the successful effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and managed the initial implementation of the law.

From 2006-2009, DeParle was a managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors and a senior advisor to its predecessor, JPMorgan Partners, LLC. She was also a senior fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trustee or director of several corporate and non-profit boards. From 1997-2000, DeParle was administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She directed Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP), which provide health insurance for more than 105 million Americans at an annual cost of $870 billion. Earlier in her career, she served as associate director for health and personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

A native of Rockwood, Tennessee, DeParle graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in liberal arts. She was in the College Scholars program and majored in history. She was also student body president. DeParle has a JD from Harvard Law School. She also received a BA and MA in politics and economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.