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Kathleen Elizabeth Walsh, ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H.


Kate Walsh is secretary of health and human services for the State of Massachusetts. As secretary, she leads the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which provides access to medical and behavioral health care, long-term services and supports, and key nutritional and financial benefits.

Kathleen Elizabeth Walsh, ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Walsh served as CEO of the Boston Medical Center health system for thirteen years, overseeing an annual operating revenue of $6 billion. Ms. Walsh has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in positions including senior vice president of medical services and the MGH Cancer Center.

Ms. Walsh has served as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Pine Street Inn.  At Yale, she has served on the University Council and was a non-trustee member of the Yale Corporation Committee on the School of Medicine prior to her election as an alumni fellow in 2017.