The Center for Public Policy Priorities has added three members to its board of directors: Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, prominent health care advocate and business leader Ken Janda, and outgoing Texas Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland).
CPPP’s important work is made possible by the leadership of our board of directors, who volunteer their time to make Texas the best state for hard-working people and their families.
“These new board members from across the political spectrum reinforce our independent, non-partisan focus on data, research and policy solutions,” said CPPP Board Chair David Chappell. “They will play a critical role in shaping strategy, advising on legislative efforts, and raising attention and financial support for our crucial work to ensure all Texans have the chance to compete and succeed in life.”
About Hope Andrade:
Hope Andrade is a former Texas Workforce Commissioner and was the first Latina Texas Secretary of State. She has also served on the Texas Transportation Commission. Andrade has been a leader in the San Antonio business community for more than three decades.
About Ken Janda:
Ken Janda is President and CEO of Community Health Choice, Inc., a Houston-based managed care organization that provides managed health care plans focused on low-income families, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the individual Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining Community in 2008, he served as Houston Market President for Humana. And he held leadership positions with Aetna and Prudential Healthcare in marketing, finance, and management of Provider networks in Houston and other markets. Ken serves on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Health Care Advisory Committee and the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute’s Executive Committee.
About Jim Keffer:
State Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) is a small business owner and lifelong Texas Republican Party leader. As president of EBAA Iron Sales, Inc., Jim has been one of the largest employers in his community. Keffer has served as Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Natural Resources. He also served on the Energy Resources Committee, Redistricting Committee and Texas House Republican Caucus. A legislative leader in past sessions, Keffer has previously served as chairman of other House committees including: Ways and Means, Economic Development, and the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief. Keffer is not seeking reelection.