Mark served as city commissioner for the city of Tallahassee for 10 years and now practices law in the area of public finance. He provides counsel to cities, counties and school districts borrowing money to finance public infrastructure and has extensive experience in financing nonprofit hospitals, nursing homes and other senior-care facilities. He is the author of two novels and a recipient of the Florida Gold Book Award for fiction.
Alice J. Palmer
A longtime civic leader and progressive activist, Alice is a former Illinois state senator from Chicago. Her tenure in the state Senate includes service on the Senate Revenue Committee. Alice has led international efforts against race and xenophobia and guided the Illinois State Universities Retirement System as a board member. She was executive director of Chicago Cities in Schools and founding director of the Chicago Metropolitan YMCA Youth and Government Program. Alice was also Associate Dean of Students and Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University.
John C. Ruoff
(NPC Vice–Chair, Economic Committee Chair, Mega and South Region Rep.)
John is the principal of a consulting firm that provides research and policy analysis focused on state tax, budget and fiscal policy, health care access and affordability, and voting rights and redistricting. He was the founding executive director of South Carolina Fair Share, which works to advance the health, safety, and well-being of state residents. He has provided expert testimony on racial polarization in voting and racial disparities in socioeconomic indicators. John serves as the NPC’s South Region representative and the interim representative for the Mega region.
Barbara J. Sabol
Barbara is a retired nurse and a former commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration. She also served as president of University Research Corp., a for-profit multidisciplinary firm providing training and health education, as executive deputy commissioner of New York Department of Social Services, and as secretary of the Kansas Departments of Health and Environment. In addition, Barbara spent 13 years as a program director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Rita Saenz is a legislative affairs consultant who was director of the California Department of Social Services and of California governmental affairs at Xerox. She was Communications Director for the California Medi-Cal Management System and served under Governor Jerry Brown Jr. in various positions, including an appointment to the California Commission on Aging. Rita is a member of the AARP California Executive Council. She studied liberal arts at East Los Angeles Community College.
Salt Lake City, UT
Lucy Savitz is Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science in the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, focusing on patient activation and shared decision-making. Lucy is also a Research Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she works on patient-centered research and preventative medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA and BSBA from the University of Denver.
Rafael I. Torres
Rafael brings substantial experience in community economic development, with particular expertise in affordable housing, financial education and access to capital for low-income families. He is chairman of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) and executive director of the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation, one of NALCAB’s founding members.
Honorable David M. Walker
David "Dave" Walker is a senior strategic advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has significant retirement security, and citizen engagement experience. Dave has served as head of three federal agencies, including as U.S. Comptroller General and as head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He was assistant secretary of Labor for the now Employee Benefit Security Administration and was acting head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Dave also served as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
Lynn E. Young
(Chair, NPC Consumer Committee, Major and West Region Rep.)
Lynn’s professional background includes 23 years with a large school district and nine years with a public water district in Southern California. As support services manager/board secretary for the water district, Lynn developed management policy that became the model for other water districts throughout the state. Her background also includes developing a school accountability reporting system, advocating on public utilities, and testifying before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and the Idaho Legislature. Currently retired, she serves as the NPC’s West Region representative and as interim representative for the Major states region.