For the past 30 years, Kate Villers has been elevating consumer and community voices in the fight for all people in the U.S. to obtain quality, affordable health care. Villers is the president and founder of Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit organization that builds state-level advocacy networks and consumer leadership to improve health and health care. Prior to founding Community Catalyst, Villers in 1982 co-founded the Villers Foundation and, in 1989, its successor organization, Families USA.
An urban planner by trade, Villers previously founded New Communities Housing Management Corporation and also was research director for the Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. She has served on the boards of several national, state and local organizations, including the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Women and Foundations, and Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. She chairs the Community Catalyst board of directors, and serves on the boards of Massachusetts Health Care for All and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation.