Valinda Rutledge

Valinda Rutledge is currently the Executive Vice President for Advocacy and Education for APG where she is responsible for, and oversees, major strategic initiatives for APG, including education on aspects of value-based care, as well as supporting APG’s policy and advocacy responses.

Previously, she was the Executive Vice President, Federal Affairs at APG and was responsible for all federal government affairs activities in DC where she oversaw APG’s legislative and regulatory agenda, the political action committee, and other aspects of a vibrant and successful federal affairs program such as analyzing legislation regulations and new payment models.

She was formerly the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Upstream and responsible for planning, coordinating, representing, and articulating the Company’s strategic plan and mission across multiple platforms and stakeholders, aligning the corporate governance and government relations.

She previously worked as a founding member of the leadership team (Senior Advisor and Group Director) at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center’s Alternative Payment models.

Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served for 14 years as the Chief Executive Officer of several regional/ multistate health systems within Bon Secours, CHI, and SSM Health.

Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact on the industry on a national level.

Ms. Rutledge holds two advanced degrees: a Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is frequently sought as a national expert in payment, clinical innovation, and population health.