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Leni Preston

Consumer Health First

Leni Preston currently serves as the President of Consumer Health First (CHF).   In 2016, she led the strategic transformation of its forerunner,  the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform  (Coalition),   into a new nonprofit organization.  While the name is new, the mission remains the same - to advance health equity through access to high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care."   The Coalition, and now CHF, serve as Maryland's lead consumer health policy and advocacy collaborative with a statewide alliance of individuals and organizations.   

CHF is committed to putting the consumer first as legislation is written and policies are developed.  To do that Leni and other members of CHF's Board have engaged with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders.  In addition, they have served on virtually every committee and workgroup  focused on implementation of Maryland's health care reform efforts.  The product of their work can be seen across the full spectrum - from laws to implement the ACA to the design of a person-centered approach and strong consumer engagement for the state's unique All-Payer Model.

In 2015 Leni received the Families USA Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award.

Prior to serving as a founding member of the Coalition, and its Chair and volunteer Executive Director, Leni worked with other advocates to develop a Grassroots Political Action Toolkit that was distributed around the globe by the National Democratic Institute.  Her professional career was in the museum field followed by her work with the consulting firm, Preston & Associates, which specialized in strategic planning for nonprofits and museums.