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Roland Lyon

President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado

Roland Lyon is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. In this role he leads the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, providing high-quality affordable health care to approximately 670,000 members in Denver/Boulder, Southern Colorado, Northern Colorado, and the mountain communities of Summit and Eagle counties.

Previously he served as vice president of Strategy, Market Expansion and Network Operations where he was responsible for strategy development and performance, capital planning, real estate, and market expansion and operations.

With 25 years of experience in health care, Roland joined Kaiser Permanente in 2002, initially based in California before coming to Colorado in 2006. His roles in California included vice president of Consulting and Capital Planning in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region, and vice president of Strategic Planning in Kaiser Permanente’s national program offices. He also served in executive leadership roles at Catholic Healthcare West in Arizona, (now Dignity Health), where he was the senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development. Roland began his career in management consulting in the health care field, working with APM and BDC Advisors.

In the local community Roland serves on the Denver Public Schools Foundation’s board of directors, is a member of Colorado Concern as well as a member of the Business Experiential-Learning (BEL) Commission.  He serves on Mayor Hancock’s Denver Education Compact executive advisory board. Previously, he served on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s (DDP) Denver Civic Ventures board of directors and served as treasurer for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES), for which he received the Volunteer of the Year award from DDP. He is also a past board member of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Colorado Schools, a charter school organization supporting underserved communities in Denver; as well as Mercy Housing also based in Denver.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University where he was valedictorian of the economics department, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Roland recently stated that he “envisions all Colorado residents having access to high quality, affordable health care in their communities.” He sees Kaiser Permanente as a leader in this effort: “As we work to improve the health of our members, fewer health care resources are required to treat illness, which reduces cost. As both an insurance company and a health care provider—‘care and coverage together’, we pass these lower costs on to our members in the form of relatively lower prices.”