Currently the Head of Healthcare Policy at Lyft, Dr. Nicole M. Cooper is developing and managing the company’s national healthcare policy agenda while expanding its presence in the healthcare sector through which, since 2016, it has worked with healthcare organizations nationwide to help low-income individuals, the elderly, and people with disabilities travel to health services. Prior to joining Lyft, Dr. Cooper was Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at UnitedHealthcare where she was also a member of the company’s Executive Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Council. A former Obama Administration political appointee, Dr. Cooper served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) team responsible for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was a policy advisor to key leaders in the agency, including the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Harvard University.
Elected to the Easterseals National Board of Directors in 2020, Dr. Cooper currently serves as member of the Governance Committee.