Welcome to health insurance independence
We deliver self-funded health plans that perfectly meet your employees’ needs and fit your organization’s budget.
Our mobile and web apps give you and your employees complete visibility into your health plan, actionable insights and live customer service – wherever you are.
We know you’re busy. Our cloud-based software seamlessly integrates with your company’s HR and payroll systems, so you can focus on keeping your people happy.
Over 90% of U.S. doctors are in our network
We believe your experience matters. Whether it’s benefits that are written in plain english, real people to answer your questions, or even a ride to your doctor’s office – at Collective Health, every detail is designed for you.
As Collective Health’s CEO, Ali brings more than 15 years of technology startup and executive management experience to the company. Ali also brings a strong personal motivation to improve the quality and cost of company-sponsored health care after experiencing a major health problem while employed at a growing technology company.
Prior to co-founding Collective Health, Ali was VP of Product Management and Business Operations at AdMob, a leading mobile advertising company, acquired by Google in 2010. Previously, Ali held executive and management positions at Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and Yahoo!. Ali is a graduate of Stanford and Oxford universities.
Dr. Batniji is Collective Health’s Chief Health Officer. In that capacity, Dr. Batniji oversees the company’s employee health management programs, along with managing the company’s relationships with hospital and physician groups and health care provider networks. Collective Health brings together Dr. Batniji’s academic and professional careers as both a physician and as a political economist.
Dr. Batniji is also on faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he previously trained in Internal Medicine, and served as a Global Health Policy Fellow and Resident Scholar at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI). Dr. Batniji received a DPhil in International Relations (Political Economy) from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, an MD from UCSF, and BA and MA degrees from Stanford University.
Preston began coding at age 10 and has maintained a life-long love of developing elegantly simple software solutions to complex systems and processes. After receiving his BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Preston joined Trilogy Software as a software engineer where he designed software and tools for the insurance industry.
He subsequently worked as a senior software engineer at NASA, where he developed artificial intelligence algorithms and software for the Mars Rover vehicles. Prior to co-founding Collective Health, Preston was Co-Founder and CTO of Lightside Games, a maker of casual social games for Facebook and mobile devices. Before that, Preston was Co-founder and CTO of Cellfire, the world’s leading mobile digital coupon company.
Kent has spent the majority of his career analyzing and managing risk, and he brings that expertise to his role as Collective Health’s Chief Risk Officer, where he oversees the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions. As a graduate of West Point, Kent served as an Executive Officer and Platoon Leader in the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division and as an Instructor at the US Army Ranger School. Through his experiences leading teams in combat and high-risk training environments, Kent learned the value of meticulous preparation, risk analysis and management.
After leaving active military service, Kent completed his dual JD and MBA degrees at Stanford University. Upon graduating from Stanford, Kent worked as an attorney in the Corporate Transactions Group at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading Silicon Valley-based law firm and co-founded the Endeavor Team Challenge, a 36-hour adventure race that takes place every Fall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Matt has been designing software (and occasionally hardware) for over three decades. He brings a wide technical skill-set, which includes a long history with desktop and mobile app development and a more recent focus on backend architecture and infrastructure. In addition to his engineering background, Matt brings with him strong experience with product strategy and development, as well as technical leadership.
After earning a BS in Electrical Engineering, Matt worked in various positions at a wide variety of businesses including the defense industry and semi-conductor manufacturing. After relocating to Silicon Valley in 2008, Matt has worked as a mobile strategy & development consultant with responsibilities ranging from pure development to team lead at a myriad of consumer startups.
As Director of Design, Susan and her team are reimagining the look and feel of health care. From user experience to product development, she is committed to creating a health care system designed for the people it serves. Prior to Collective Health, Susan was a managing director and practice lead at Cooper, where much of her work addressed challenges facing the health care industry – from clinical services to medical devices. Susan’s research methods range from formal ethnographic studies to guerrilla based discovery.
Susan holds a Master’s of Design from Carnegie Mellon University and frequently shares her experience and insights as a conference speaker. She has worked with a wide selection of organizations, such as Boston Scientific, Blue Cross Blue Shield, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Teleflex, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters and United. When not obsessing over counterpulsation devices and brain surgery, she can be found letterpress printing and riding through the hills of the Marin Headlands.
Jake has spent his career leading teams through complex terrain. From driving health care initiatives at one of the largest insurance companies in the world, to leading Marines overseas, Jake blends long-term vision with real world practicality. As Director of Business Operations at Collective Health, Jake focuses on strategy, end-to-end product implementation and building business operations.
Before Collective Health, Jake spent seven years at WellPoint delivering innovative health care products from the first Narrow Network products in California to the largest national client implementations. Jake served in the Marine Corps as a Logistics officer with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines where he completed two tours in Iraq. After leaving active military service, he co-founded CombatIV and has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Jake received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and holds an MBA from UCLA.
Sagar brings technical expertise in building distributed systems and data-driven software. As the only engineer in a family of doctors, he has a deep interest in tackling problems in the health care industry.
Prior to joining Collective Health, Sagar was Co-Founder and CTO of Sidekick Labs – an angel-backed startup that launched innovative products to boost email productivity. Earlier in his career, he worked on developing trading algorithms and strategies for some of the world’s leading electronic market makers and quant hedge funds.
As the Marketing and Communications Lead, Natalie is responsible for developing the Collective Health brand and marketing strategy in conjunction with the sales and product teams. She launched her career at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she supported the corporate, consumer, tech, sustainability and crisis communications practice groups. During her time with the agency, she led campaign initiatives and managed social media and brand development for a variety of clients.
Previously, Natalie served as an intern for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in Religious Studies and Global Peace & Security from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Guha brings a longstanding interest in health care systems and experience from a variety of fields to his role as an adviser to Collective Health. Previously, Guha co-founded Cruxlux to develop new search technologies. The company was acquired by Kosmix, and subsequently acquired by Walmart to form WalmartLabs. There, he created and led the Get On The Shelf contest supporting small businesses. Earlier, he served as Lead Developer and Project Manager for Folding@Home, harnessing the computers of people around the world to perform biomolecular simulations. He also has contributed in computational drug discovery, big data, and several other areas.
Guha earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was named a Siebel Scholar, NDSEG Fellow, and Mayfield fellow, among other honors, and has been an invited speaker on a number of topics.
Alex is a credentialed actuary with a decade of experience in health care strategy and analytics. He brings an in-depth knowledge of processes and technology systems for insurance underwriting, financial reporting and actuarial analysis to Collective Health. Alex was most recently a consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where he led projects on health care program strategy, product development & pricing, and loss reserving with a number of large employers and health plans.
Outside of work, he regularly authors articles on various health care topics and he serves on the Board of Directors for Tri-City Health Center, a not-for-profit community health center in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley and has a BS in Mathematics from UCLA. Alex is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Justin combines deep technical experience with business and product leadership. He studied computer science at Stanford, both as an undergraduate and masters student. Justin grew from Junior Engineer at Sun Microsystems to Director of Engineering at Lift Media, taking that company through acquisition and growth. He earned his MBA from Stanford before co-founding Sidekick Labs, an angel-backed startup building innovative products to improve email productivity. Justin is passionate about rebuilding health care from the users’ perspective, and tackling all the hard underlying problems to make that possible.
Zach started his career in private equity at Audax Group in Boston before becoming a founder at 42more, LLC, a seed and consulting fund focused on early-stage businesses. In addition, Zach has worked as a summer intern at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Morrison Foerster. He is currently completing his dual JD and MBA degree at the Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Micah’s multi-disciplinary background yields an awesomeness greater than the sum of its parts. Having worked at various startups as a developer who can design, or a designer who can code, Micah’s product expertise lies in understanding the careful balance of beautiful aesthetics, practical usability, and complex technical constraints. Micah also types really really fast.
Micah graduated with dual degrees in Digital Media Design and Psychology studying alongside Ben Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania. When not pushing pixels, Micah is a leading trans health advocate, an occasional Rockband drummer, and an avid rock climber.
Mike has helped successfully build and launch more than a dozen high technology companies. As an active entrepreneur, he has a selfish interest in seeing company health plans become more efficient and effective.
Most recently Mike was Founder/CTO of Metaresolver, a mobile advertising company that sold to Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) in April of 2013. He’s also been on the early teams at AdMob, Chomp, Ning, Overture, and Skyfire.
Mike is a very active participant in the local mobile developer community. He started the Bay Area Mobile Monday meetings, a group of mobile enthusiasts now covering more than 100 cities and thousands of members. Mike is also one of the founders of the Momentum accelerator, a mobile focused program for early stage companies.
Sonia is a designer, strategist, researcher, and untangler of complex, knotty problems. She believes that great experiences are empowering, and has spent 10 years building meaningful connections between people and the digital services that touch their lives.
Prior to joining the Collective Health team, Sonia was a service and interaction design consultant with Fjord and Smart Design. There, she led multidisciplinary teams and helped clients across a broad range of industries bridge the gap between their business objectives, customer insights and technical feasibility. Previously, Sonia focused on uncomplicating in-car information and entertainment interfaces at Johnson Controls.
Sonia holds a Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, and BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University. When she’s not working, Sonia enjoys playing outside, and can often be found hiking, rock climbing, cycling about or practicing yoga.
As the Office Manager, Madeline makes our company’s day-to-day operations run smoothly, supporting our C-Level Executives and managing the ins-and-outs of the office. With a passion for people, Madeline started her career overseas in Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked with displaced peoples from all over the continent. Ever since she’s continued her path of lending a helping hand, working in non-profit development and corporate executive assistance. Madeline combines a creative and fun approach to company culture with a strong sense of organization and efficiency.
She holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Vlad’s love affair with software design spans nearly two decades. He brings technical expertise in full stack architecture and development. Prior to joining Collective Health, he led a frontend team at a startup that brought native experience to mobile web apps.
After earning a BS in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, Vlad has been developing software for a variety of sectors, including biotech, finance, social networking and web publishing. Earlier in his career, he co-founded a mobile hardware/software startup that took a concept from idea to shipping product in under a year. An avid traveler, Vlad has been to half of the inhabited continents so far.
Mark has led customer service teams at nascent startups and Fortune 500 companies. He also brings six years of teaching and staff development to his corporate work. As Customer Experience Manager at Collective Health, Mark is building one of the most empowered and compassionate Member Advocate teams in the health care technology ecosystem with a vigilant focus on helping people with their most sensitive life issues. Previous to Collective Health, Mark worked as Customer Service Manager at Castlight Health, scaling support from only one enterprise customer in 2010 through an IPO in 2014.
Mark has spoken at the Northern California Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals Association. He has published short stories and was awarded the Arizona Commission of the Arts Fiction Fellowship. Mark graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in English Literature. On the weekends Mark loves to kayak rivers in the Sierras and Cascades and to support open water swims in the San Francisco Bay.
Paarth has been secretly yearning for a better and simpler health care plan that humans can comprehend. He comes to Collective Health with experience in diverse technologies and the will to question conventional decisions that have led to existing complex and bandaged systems.
Software engineer at the core – he has deep startup experience, including very early stage as well as rapid scaling and has built high performing systems and multi-disciplinary teams from the ground up as well as architected highly resilient and scalable infrastructure for Fortune 500 companies.
Paarth writes on software, systems architecture and network security on Quora.
Akins brings nearly a decade of experience in strategy and healthcare IT to the product management team. He is motivated by the prospect of driving positive change to the healthcare system.
Prior to Collective Health, Akins built consumer and employee-facing tools for state exchanges as well as various private health exchanges, while at GetInsured. Collectively, these products touched 1/8th of all of the Affordable Care Act’s year-1 enrollees.
Earlier in his career, Akins was an Engagement Manager at Monitor Group where he focused on corporate strategy and M&A, principally for healthcare clients. Akins holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Queen’s University.
With a background in Human Computer Interaction and Customer Experience, Erica provides a well-rounded perspective to front-end development. She received a B.S. in Information Sciences, Systems, and Technology from Cornell University, and has since worked in finance and consulting, analyzing user experience and creating design-centered products. When not in the office, Erica enjoys solving crossword puzzles, and stealing the show with her disproportionately powerful singing voice.
Henning loves dabbling with health care data to gain insights from converging information located in disparate places. He brings more than six years of actuarial and analytics experience to Collective Health. Most recently he was a manager at Blue Shield of California where he supported various functional areas including commercial group pricing, forecasting, provider contracting evaluation, and cost transparency analytics.
Henning earned his graduate degree in Mathematics from TU Dortmund in Germany. Henning is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Anthony carries four years of experience defining and scaling service operations for ambitious first-to-market startups focused on penetrating turbid markets with transparency solutions. He has a proven track record of not compromising quality of service with an organization’s growth.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Anthony joined Castlight, the nation’s first cost transparency platform for healthcare services. Castlight brought a UX to the nation that would help individuals control their healthcare costs. He helped consumers understand the health plan benefit design impacts of Castlight, explicitly Reference Based Pricing. After ushering Castlight’s member service experience through commercial launch, and through several accounts, Anthony moved to the renewable energy vertical.
Anthony joined Sunrun, a solar utility that offers homeowners an electricity market transparency solution. Anthony was responsible for quality assurance, overseeing the quality of service delivery across three business units. Anthony brings a true empathy for the consumer experience while not abandoning data-driven approaches to scaling support operations.
As the head of Business Development, Kristin brings over ten years of experience at the intersection of technology and healthcare. Kristin is focused on building the company’s strategic relationships across the healthcare ecosystem, believing that improving quality and reducing cost in healthcare is a team sport.
Prior to joining Collective Health, Kristin spent over four years with Castlight Health. During her time at Castlight she led a number of functions including Business Development, Financial Planning and Investor Relations. At Castlight, Kristin developed partnerships with health plans and pharmacy benefit managers for a number of years before moving roles to work on the company’s initial public offering in 2014. Previously, Kristin was with Goldman Sachs, & Co. in the Healthcare Investment Banking Division, working with clients in various healthcare sectors including medical device, life sciences, and healthcare services and IT.
Kristin received her BA from Middlebury College and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her family.
Jen brings more than eight years of HR & benefits experience to Collective Health, coupled with a great enthusiasm for improving the delivery, transparency, and cost of health benefit programs to employers and their employees.
Combining strong technical expertise in HR information and management systems (HRIS) with significant global benefits and total rewards experience, HR analytics, vendor management, and employee communications and engagement, Jen is devoted to partnering with HR business partners and finance teams to deliver a health benefit experience that is truly best-in-class.
Prior to joining Collective Health, Jen built and managed the HR Operations team at One Kings Lane and previously held HR analyst and specialist roles at Recology and Google. Jen began her career in consulting at Mercer, where she advised large employers on their health and benefit strategies. Jen is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received her BA in Psychology with a specialization in Health & Development.
Formerly a Junior Olympic alpine ski racer, Jen can be found running with her Alaskan Malamute Husky and watching football. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband.
Andrew (Drew) is a Senior Consultant and Actuary with over five years of experience in employee benefits. He brings expertise in health care strategy, actuarial analysis, and financial forecasting to Collective Health. Drew was most recently a consultant at Mercer Health & Benefits, where he advised employers on various financial and actuarial topics in group health and welfare plans. His work includes funding analysis, population risk management, network evaluation, reserving, rate setting, benefit plan design, and contribution strategy. He has supported many employers in managing the impact of the Affordable Care Act, evaluating emerging health care innovations, and developing strategies for the future.
Drew is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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