Elena Marks is the president and chief executive officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a Texas-based healthcare philanthropic organization with $1.3B in assets funded from Catholic Health Initiatives’ acquisition of Houston’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in 2013. In addition to her work at the Episcopal Health Foundation, Ms. Marks is a nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. She is an expert on issues regarding health policy, population health, and the impact of gaps in healthcare delivery on at-risk populations. Ms. Marks has contributed her expertise serving on several boards including Grantmakers in Health and Community Health Choice, Inc.
Ms. Marks has demonstrated her commitment to improving health through her versatile professional experience as a lawyer and public servant. Her previous professional experiences include serving as the Director of Health and Environmental Policy for the City of Houston during the Bill White Administration; consulting in the health care industry with large systems and community-based providers; starting and directing a successful legal placement firm; and practicing trial and appellate law with major Texas law firms.
Ms. Marks holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Management and Policy from The University of Texas School of Public Health, a Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University. Her areas of expertise include public health and population health; local, state, and national health and health care policy; health and healthcare finance; and community engagement. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, a source for reporters covering health and health care; and an opinion contributor to various media outlets.
Original Appointment: August 2017