Sara Steines Newstead, MPP

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Cleveland, Ohio

With nearly 20 years of experience in health policy, change management and health systems administration, Sara Steines Newstead leads the creative and effective redesign of healthcare systems at the national, state, and local level.

With Veronica, she co-founded and led one of the first pediatric health innovation programs in the nation, supporting the development and implementation of novel models of care delivery, garnering national recognition for its innovative approach to pediatric health.

In the private sector, Ms. Newstead has served as a senior advisor to executives in health care, Medicaid managed care, and national advocacy organizations on matters related to on health policy, health service delivery, and health economics. She has also worked with leaders in city, state, and federal offices, including as lead health policy advisor to Senator Russ Feingold (WI). In this capacity, she contributed to the drafting and passage of major health legislation, including reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Act of 2008 (S-CHIP), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA, ACA).

Ms. Newstead is a frequent lecturer on the Affordable Care Act, cross-sector pediatric population health strategies, and the evolution of health delivery systems. She is certified in PROSCI change management methodologies and in Heidrick and Struggles (formerly Senn Delaney) organizational culture practices. Ms. Newstead earned her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary, and her Master in Public Policy, with a concentration in health policy, at Georgetown University.

Most important, Ms. Newstead is Mom to two amazing kids, one of whom has a developmental disability (Trisomy 21) and medical complexities. Her experiences as a mother, co-care manager (alongside her husband), and frequent utilizer of social and medical health services inform every aspect of her work.