Herb K. Schultz’s career includes decades of recognized leadership as a bi-partisan strategic leader of both public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations at the local, state, and national level.
Currently, Mr. Schultz is the President of HKS Strategies LLC. HKS Strategies consults with and advises C-Suite level executives and an array of public and private entities regarding government relations, public affairs, and coalition-building, with specializations in the areas of health and human services, workforce development, workers compensation, and homelessness services, among others. HKS Strategies helps clients create pragmatic tools to achieve policy goals, and provides clients experienced and objective support across a range of policy matters.
Among his public sector experience, Mr. Schultz’s served in senior-level positions, including:
- Regional IX Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, appointed by President Barack Obama;
- Senior Advisor, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Director of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Task Force, and Acting Director of the Employment Development Department, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger;
- Acting Secretary (Cabinet Member) and Undersecretary (Sub-Cabinet) of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and Deputy Director of the then-new Department of Managed Health Care, appointed by Gov. Gray Davis; and
- CEO of Desert Healthcare District & Foundation, appointed by the District’s five-member elected Board of Directors.
Among Mr. Schultz’s private sector and non-profit experience, he served in senior-level positions, including:
- Vice President of a national healthcare trade association (American Association of Health Plans)
Vice President of a HIV/AIDS-focused non-profit (AIDS Project Los Angeles)
Vice President of a Fortune 500 healthcare company (McKesson Health Solutions) and;
President & CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center (Eisner Health)
In these positions Mr. Schultz, played key roles in the development and advocacy of the groundbreaking health care reform proposal that became a model for the Affordable Care Act; passage of a comprehensive and successful workers compensation law; and development of historic and policy-focused coalitions, resulting in enactment of major legislative and regulatory policies.
Mr. Schultz received his BA in Political Science and International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, also in Washington, D.C.