Shana Montrose is interested in issues of poverty, inequality and justice and works from a mission of supporting parents in improving the lives of the next generation. Her background is in political science, international relations and international development. She taught in the U.S. and abroad before becoming more involved in healthcare. Shana received grant funding to design a program for former sex workers in Costa Rica and to develop a curriculum for a grassroots education program in a favela in Brazil. After graduating from Georgetown she accepted a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Uruguay where she worked as a liaison between Rotary International and the Pan American Health Organization, conducted research on adolescent health for the Ministry of Health and created an after-school chess program for low-income children.
The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 when Shana was returning to the U.S. and soon after she became an Emerging Leader Fellow in Health and Human Services. She worked in the strange place of government start-up offices that were created to implement the newly signed legislation – including the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation. Also as a fellow she worked for the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Global Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of HHS. Shana has also worked on health reform at the state level in Colorado, on the Health Insurance Exchange and at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s Health Reform Unit. She is in the one-year MPH program at the Harvard School of Public Health.