Gerald M. Shea
Assistant to the President for Government Affairs

"Quality Purchasing: A Strategy to Constrain Health Costs"

November 7 , 2003
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium

Biosketch Slides

Gerald M. Shea is Assistant to the President for Government Affairs at the AFL-CIO. John J. Sweeney appointed Mr. Shea to the position when Mr. Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO in October 1995. Mr. Shea held various positions at the AFL-CIO from August 1993 through October 1995, serving first as the director of the policy office with responsibility for health care and pensions and then in several executive staff positions. Before joining the AFL-CIO, Mr. Shea spent 21 years with the Service Employees International Union as an organizer and local union official in Massachusetts and later in the national's union staff.

Mr. Shea is currently a member of the Social Security Advisory Board, having been re-appointed in 2000 after previously serving from 1996 - 1998. He had been a member of the predecessor Social Security Advisory Council in the period 1994 - 1996. Mr. Shea serves as a public representative on the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), is a founding board member of the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT), chairs the RxHealthValue Project and on the board of the National Quality Forum. He is a past member of the Medicare Prospective Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Institute of Medicine's Quality in Health Care Committee's Subcommittee on the External Environment.

Mr. Shea is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Boston College.

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