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. For the past seven years, Chris has been an executive with Kaiser Permanente, responsible initially for health plan operations in Kaiser’s regions outside of California, and is presently supporting Kaiser’s drive to enter new markets.
Chris has served on a host of for-profit and non-profit boards, including 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 28 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, lives in Oakland, and works as an analyst for Kaiser Permanente. Their daughter, Alexandra, is finishing her senior year at the University of Michigan.