Robin Lipson is the Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). In her role she helps the agency achieve its mission to promote the independence, empowerment and well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. With projections over the next 15 years that 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents will be over the age of 65, Ms. Lipson works on key initiatives to support what people want most—to age with dignity in their community. She has been the lead staff person supporting Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and led the effort that resulted in MA becoming the 2nd state in the nation to commit to being an age-friendly state. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, the backbone organization supporting much of the age and dementia friendly work at the local level.
She has been a senior leader at EOEA since 2015, serving as Acting Secretary for the agency from January to June 2019. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer. During the current State of Emergency, Robin has served as the COVID19 Incident Commander for EOEA, coordinating the agency’s situational awareness and leading the leadership team and network response to the pandemic.
Robin is a seasoned healthcare executive with 40 years’ experience working extensively at the intersection of healthcare strategy, policy and implementation. She has held leadership roles in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors, including Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Program, and later becoming the first-ever Vice President of Strategic Planning for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA. In addition, Ms. Lipson has worked as Managing Director at SBV Consulting (a subsidiary of a cutting edge eldercare company), Vice President for Partnership Development at Rise Health and as an Executive-in-Residence at AVIA, an innovation accelerator focused on helping providers deliver better care at greater value and lower cost. She has also applied her experience as a private consultant for health care and other not-for-profit organizations on their strategic, planning, organizational, and business development needs. She worked with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation on Roadmap to Coverage, a report widely recognized as an early catalyst for health reform and passage of Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation health care reform law.
Robin has a BA from Connecticut College and a MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.