Shelly Schlenker

Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy Officer

CommonSpirit Health

Shelly Schlenker, MHA, serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Advocacy Officer for CommonSpirit Health. She is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, multi-faceted advocacy program within the largest Catholic health care system in the United States encompassing legislative and regulatory policy matters at the state and federal levels, environmental sustainability, violence prevention and socially responsible investing.

Shelly had been the senior advocacy leader at Dignity Health for nearly 20 years before the formation of the new ministry. Previously she had served as a Regional Vice President for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. Shelly serves on several boards and is involved in a variety of industry associations. She served on the board of the Center for Healthcare Decision (2000-2017) fostering public deliberation on contemporary health care problems. She presently serves on the Executive Committees
of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a Washington DC based consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to advance transformation of the U.S. health care system, and Private Essential Access Community Hospitals, representing safety net hospitals that care for a disproportionate share of low-income, medically vulnerable patients. She also serves as the Chair of the Policy and Reimbursement committee for the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Shelly received a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California.