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Verlon Johnson, MPA

Verlon Johnson, MPA, is executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Acentra Health, a Virginia-based health information technology firm that works with state and federal agencies to design technology-driven products and solutions that improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. Ms. Johnson previously served as an associate partner and vice president at IBM Watson Health. Before entering private industry, she was a public servant for more than 20 years, holding numerous leadership positions, including associate consortium administrator for Medicaid and CHIP at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), acting regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acting CMS deputy director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), interim CMCS Intergovernmental and External Affairs group director, and associate regional administrator for both Medicaid and Medicare. Ms. Johnson earned a master of public administration with an emphasis on health care policy and administration from Texas Tech University.

Financial Interests

Acentra Health, employer
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, spouse’s employer


Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse, advisory board member
Color of Medicine, advisory board member
Cook County Health Foundation, board member