EmblemHealth Announces Senior Government Community Affairs and Corporate Relations Appointments
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez Named Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations and Government Affairs
Robin Chappelle Golston Named Vice President, Community and Government Affairs
New York, NY (September 21, 2015) — EmblemHealth today announced the addition of two senior officials to lead the company's Corporate Relations and Government/ Community Affairs team — the first senior personnel announcements since Karen Ignagni became President and CEO on September 1, 2015.
Effective immediately, Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez joins the company's leadership team as Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations and Government Affairs, reporting directly to Ms. Ignagni. In her new role, Lorraine will be responsible for managing and extending EmblemHealth's deep relationships with local community and government leaders across the region. Reporting to Ms. Cortés-Vázquez, Robin Chappelle Golston joins the company as Vice President for Community and Government Affairs, where she will work to promote EmblemHealth's mission of caring among key external audiences.
"I am pleased to welcome Lorraine and Robin as part of the EmblemHealth team," said Ms. Ignagni. "Our health plan is deeply rooted in the fabric of the communities across New York, and they both have tremendous experience building consensus with diverse groups of stakeholders - skills which will help position our company to take advantage of new opportunities to grow and serve this unique market. Furthermore, they share the passion of everyone at Emblem, which is to care for the health and wellbeing of our members above all other priorities. I look forward to working with both Lorraine and Robin."
Ms. Cortés-Vázquez joins EmblemHealth from AARP where she spent three years as Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement, leading efforts to increase the organization's membership among the Hispanic/Latino, African-American and Asian communities. Prior to her tenure at AARP, she served as Secretary of State of New York. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez also served as President of the Hispanic Federation, Executive Director of ASPIRA of New York, and held leadership positions at the New York City Department for the Aging.
Ms. Cortés-Vázquez is a graduate of Hunter College and earned a master's degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and has earned graduate certificates from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and from Columbia University's School of Non-Profit Management.
Ms. Chappelle Golston joins EmblemHealth from JPMorgan Chase where she served for the past four years as Vice President for State Government Affairs. In this role, Ms. Chappelle Golston was responsible for developing and implementing the bank's political engagement strategy with elected officials in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. Prior to working at JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Chappelle Golston worked as political director to a number of federal, state and local campaigns across New York; as well as in constituent services capacities at the federal level. She is a graduate of Hampton University.
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states. For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.