Kirsten Wysen has been a Project Manager for Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) in the Director’s Office working on Communities of Opportunity since 2014. Before that, she worked on the PHSKC proposal and implementation of the $25 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from 2009 to 2012 and the earlier King County Overweight Prevention Initiative and Children’s Health Initiative.
From 2000 to 2003, she analyzed Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs for the National Academy for State Health Policy in Portland, Maine. Kirsten served as the Deputy Program Manager for the Washington State Basic Health Plan from 1995 to 1997 when it grew from 90,000 to 220,000 enrollees. She worked for the Washington State Health Services Commission and the Health Care Authority on the implementation of the state’s health care reform law of 1993. She researched hospital payment policy at the Medicare Payment Assessment Commission in Washington, DC from 1989 to 1991 before moving to Seattle.
She graduated from Brown University and holds a Master degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She and her husband have two teenage children.