Marianne Udow-Phillips is founding executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. As an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization, CHRT works to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care by transforming research and evidence into actionable policy approaches. Prior to her leadership role at CHRT, Marianne served as director of the State of Michigan’s Department of Human Services (2004-2007) where she oversaw services and programs—child support, food assistance, child welfare, juvenile justice, and public assistance–for Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens while managing 10,000 employees and a $4 billion budget.
Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). At BCBSM, she served in leadership roles for more than 20 years and ended her service as senior vice president of health care products and provider services with responsibility for the organization’s social mission, health policy, data analysis, and care and network management programs. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of plans and operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices.
In addition to her long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, Marianne is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children. As director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, Marianne was responsible for founding and launching the Early Childhood Investment Corporation to support research-proven strategies that enable all children to reach their fullest potential.
Marianne has served on numerous boards and commissions over the years including Arboretum Ventures, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Dialogue Direct, Freedom from Hunger, Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and the Griffith Leadership Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She currently serves as board chair for Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and as a board member for the Grameen Foundation, National Institutes of Health Veterans Affairs Pain Management Collaboratory, University of Michigan Depression Center National Advisory Board, University of Michigan Health System, University of Michigan School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board, and Michigan Women’s Foundation Emeritus Board.
Marianne has received numerous awards and honors over the years including the Anti-Defamation League’s “Women of Achievement Award,” Crain’s Detroit Business’s top 100 “Most Influential Women Award,” the Michigan Women’s Foundation’s “Women of Achievement and Courage Award,” and the Michigan Children’s “Heroes” Award. Ambassador Magazine named her an Ambassador of the Year in 2011 and Crain’s Detroit Business named her a Woman in Business Game-Changer in 2012.
Marianne holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and serves as a lecturer for both the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and School of Public Health.