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Rita Johnson

Areas of Expertise: Business

Industry Experience: Heath Care

Rita Mills is an Independent Director serving on the Board of Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (BKD). Rita chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. Rita is a C-suite business to consumer healthcare executive and business unit CEO for UnitedHealthcare and Centene Corporation.

Rita’s background and experience include a combined 27 years of federal, state and private industry experience of which 15 years was directly accountable for profitability of health care organizations. Rita is also a Hogan certified Executive Coach. Rita serves as CEO, Nightingale Partners, LLC, a Washington, DC based Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund and Advisory Services Business dedicated to improving quality and reducing costs of health care by making investments in social determinants of health for vulnerable Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Rita spent almost eleven years in progressive leadership positions with UnitedHealthcare, most recently as CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, a health plan serving more than 500,000 government sponsored health care consumers and over $2.7B in annual revenue.

Rita previously served as CEO of Managed Health Services and Buckeye Health Plan; is a 2018 Director to Watch, a 2019 NACD Governance Fellow and a Women Inc. Magazine 2019 Most Influential Corporate Director; and the recipient of numerous honors and accolades, including a 2017 Nashville Business Journal Most Admired CEO award honoree.

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