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 Washington, D.C., and later 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 P:rinceton University School of Public and International Affairs. He then 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 25 years, he was an executive with health plans and medical groups seeking to advance population based health care. Chris was the President and CEO of the California Health Plans Association when the California governor advanced a “Massachusetts” style health care reform program. 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 runs an executive advisory practice, and lectures in leadership and health care policy. He 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 nonprofit 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. Their son, Nicholas, is a graduate of Colorado College, and lives and works in the Bay Area. Their daughter, Alexandra, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and lives and works in Montana.