Jennifer Clelland, now senior director for government programs at HealthPartners, was the first paid employee of the Council. Since then, she’s led government programs at UCare and earned CHIE certification from America’s Health Insurance Plans. Her history in the thick of health insurance operations makes her care deeply about the expense of the care Minnesotans need: “I think affordability continues to be a driving theme,” says Jennifer. “How do we improve the affordability of health care?”