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.
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.