20-year veteran of health care industry picked to lead Colorado Health Institute

Michele Lueck has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Health Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides health care policy analysis.

Lueck succeeds Pam Hanes, the first president of CHI.

“It is a privilege to join CHI and it’s impressive team of health services researchers and leaders,” Lueck said. “There is a certain urgency around health care today — urgency around increasing access, around improving health care delivery and around providing that care more efficiently. This also means that there is an urgency around understanding how best to do this in Colorado. And that is where CHI plays — and will increasingly plan — a critical role.”

Chris Wiant, a founding member of the CHI board of trustees, welcomed Lueck’s selection. “Michele will continue to guide CHI to serve as an unbiased source for analysis of the Colorado health and health care landscape.”

Lueck brings to her latest duties more than 20 years of experience in the health care field. She’s worked for several national health care consulting companies and served as executive director of the Aspen Center for Integral Health, a nonprofit focused on health, wellness and prevention. She also served as vice president of business development and marketing for the Western Healthcare Alliance, a Grand Junction-based organization of rural hospitals and health care providers.

Lueck holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Melbourne in Australia.