Frances G. Padilla

Frances G. Padilla was appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in September 2012.

Since joining the Foundation in 2004, Frances has held various leadership positions in addition to spearheading the Foundation’s research and policy initiatives, which led to the design of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009, and building block health care reform legislation passed in 2011. Her career in philanthropy, which began as a program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, spans over 30 years. She later held positions at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven before running her own business, New Paradigms Consulting.

Frances serves on the Connecticut Health Care Cabinet for which she chairs a work group on prescription drug costs focusing on transparency and fair pricing. She also serves on the steering committee of the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, advising on implementation of a $45 million federal grant to the state of Connecticut. SIM is designed to improve community health and eliminate inequities, ensure superior access and quality to care, empower individuals to actively participate in their care, and improve affordability of health care costs. In addition, Frances is a founding member and co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative.

She serves on the boards of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Qualidigm, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

Frances is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.