James Schroeder is an experienced clinical, strategic, and operational leader with over 20 years of experience in healthcare and a passion for improving communities and the lives of individuals, particularly the most vulnerable. He brings expertise in areas such as organizational structure, strategy development, finance, operations, and innovative clinical and payment models specifically for federally qualified health centers (FQHC).
Prior to joining HMA, James served as the interim director of the Oregon Health Authority. In this role, he oversaw a biennial budget of $35 billion and all the agency’s programs, including Medicaid, public health, the health exchange, public employees, the Oregon Educators plans, and the state hospital campuses.
As the chief executive officer (CEO) of Health Share of Oregon, James was responsible for implementing Medicaid benefits for over 435,000 members. He implemented the strategies and requirements of being a coordinated care organization, oversaw a $2.6 billion budget, and worked with the counties, health systems and elected officials at the state and local level to ensure the proper care of the company’s 435,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. He also held executive leadership positions at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, where he served as the vice president of safety net transformation and executive director of Medicaid where he helped grow Kaiser’s Medicaid population from 250,000 to 1,000,000.
James has served on several boards, including America’s Essential Hospitals Board of Directors, the Idaho Primary Care Association, the Northwest Primary Care Association Board, and several National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) committees. He served as a consultant for the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) for eight years and specialized in helping Federally Qualified Heath Centers that were new and/or in need of assistance (leadership, governance, financial).
James earned a bachelor’s degree in medical science and a physician assistant certificate from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Medical School, and a certificate in community health leadership from the University of Washington. He also completed both the Kaiser Foundation’s Strategic Leadership program and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard.
James enjoys spending quality time with his family and hiking and paddleboarding along the Oregon coast. His family also owns and operates a small bakery and coffee shop, where James can often be found on weekends.