Penny Thompson

Advisory Board Member

Penny is an independent consultant specializing in U.S. government health policy and operations, assisting clients in designing, marketing and delivering innovative and successful business solutions in the health care market. Penny also serves on the board of CNSI/Kepro and Sellers Dorsey.

Penny has held a number of executive positions in the public and private sectors focused on sustaining and improving government health care programs. Former positions include chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and Deputy Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Penny was a chief negotiator with states on 1115 waivers that made investments and set performance targets for delivery system reform. She also launched the Medicaid and CHIP Business and Information Technology Council (MACBIS), overseeing initial design and beginning development for projects to improve and standardize Medicaid data and analytic products.

Earlier in her career, Penny served in the HHS Office of Inspector General and was the Director of Program Integrity for CMS.

In addition to her public service, Penny has held senior management positions at major U.S. technology and consulting firms. Most prominently, she led the strategy division for EDS’s (subsequently HP’s) state and commercial health care services business practice.

She holds a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.