Class of 1977
Chris graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He enjoyed two Lewis & Clark off campus study programs, including a quarter in Washington, D.C studying US government, and interning with a Congressman. He finished his Lewis & Clark years on a study abroad program in South Korea and Japan.
After working in politics and public policy for several years, Chris earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Subsequently, Chris spent nine years as a banker with The Chase Manhattan Bank, before discovering a deep interest in the financing and delivery of health care. For the past 25 years, he has been an executive with health plans and a medical group seeking to advance population based health care. This includes nearly four years as the President and CEO of the California Health Plans Association during a period when the California governor advanced a “Massachusetts” style health care reform program. Before retiring, Chris was an executive with Kaiser Permanente, responsible initially for health plan operations in Kaiser’s regions outside of California, and later supporting Kaiser’s drive to enter new markets.
Presently, Chris teaches a course in leadership for executive teams, lectures on health care strategy, and is an avid hiker, skier and fisherman. You can find him many winter days teaching skiing or skiing with friends and family at Big Sky Resort in Montana.
Chris serves on the board, and is Board Secretary, of La Clinica de La Raza, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing health care for some 100,000 low income residents of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has served on a host of for-profit and non-profit boards, including a health care start up advancing office based surgery, Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, a local youth soccer association, a San Francisco homeless services organization, and the American Heart Association of Los Angeles.
Chris and his wife of 30 plus years, Tamara Uecker, live in Berkeley, California, just three blocks from the house Chris grew up in. Their son, Nicholas, is a graduate of Colorado College, and lives and works in Oakland, California. Their daughter, Alexandra, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and lives and works in Helena, Montana.