Connect for Health Colorado® Welcomes Allison Neswood and Mara Baer to the Board of Directors

Governor Polis Appoints Allison Neswood and Mara Baer to Connect for Health Colorado’s Board of Directors

DENVER— Governor Polis recently announced his appointment of Allison Neswood and Mara Baer, both of Denver, Colorado, to the Board of Directors of Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s official health insurance marketplace.

Allison Neswood is a Staff Attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, where she leads enforcement of voting rights for Native language minority groups. In her previous role as the Deputy Director of Strategic Priorities for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Neswood led initiatives to increase health equity and access to quality health care. Neswood has also been involved in the passage of several policy initiatives that Connect for Health Colorado has had a role implementing, including the Tax Time Enrollment Program.

Mara Baer is the Founder and President of AgoHealth, LLC. As a small business owner running her own health policy consulting firm, Baer has over 25 years of experience across the public and private sectors helping clients navigate the complexities of health care. Baer has worked on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the federal level, as well as supporting implementation of Health First Colorado (the state’s Medicaid program) through partnerships with Regional Accountable Entities and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

“I’m delighted to welcome Allison Neswood and Mara Baer to our Board of Directors. Their depth of knowledge about our work—from their policy expertise to their experience with program implementation— as well as their knowledge of and commitment to the communities we serve, will strengthen our Board,” said Kevin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of Connect for Health Colorado. 

Governor Polis also re-appointed Annie Lee of Denver, Colorado, to Connect for Health Colorado’s Board of Directors. Allison Neswood and Mara Baer’s appointments follow the resignation of Adela Flores-Brennan and Claire v.S. Brockbank.