Rick Brush, Founder & CEO

Rick founded Collective Health in 2011 to address the underlying causes of poor health and sustainably reduce costs. He has led strategic innovation at large corporations and start-ups for more than 20 years, primarily in the health care and financial services sectors. Most recently, Rick was chief strategy and marketing officer for the large employer segment at Cigna, the fourth-largest U.S. health insurer, where he served in a variety of executive roles from 2002 to 2011. While at Cigna, Rick co-founded the company’s Communities of Health venture, launched new business units and products, and led multi-stakeholder initiatives around the country to improve population health. He has held executive positions at Ford Motor Credit Company, Bank One, KPMG, and a marketing consulting firm, and has worked extensively with communities and nonprofits to improve social and financial impact. Rick is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Team

Collective Health brings together multidisciplinary expertise in health analytics, evidence-based research, program design and delivery, actuarial and evaluation services, and innovative financing solutions. The team has worked with insurers, employers, health care providers, non-profits, governments, and communities around the U.S. and globally to fundamentally improve the conditions that lead to better health and lower costs.


Advisors

Peter Strugatz, Strategy and Social Investment Markets

Peter is a strategic advisor for high-impact investors and social entrepreneurs, with a focus on raising capital, business and operations strategy, management team alignment, and building strategic relationships for revenue growth and sales channel development. He was co-founder and CEO of IceStone, a social enterprise and pioneer in sustainable durable surfaces, where he raised an initial $17 million for start-up and led the company’s efforts to achieve Cradle to Cradle and B Corp certifications. His 20 years of management experience also includes serving as CEO of Austin Productions. A former board member of Social Venture Network and member of Investor’s Circle, Peter has invested in multiple social purpose companies, including Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, Hypercar, Wild Planet Toys, Zipcar, and Utah Ventures.


Len Syme, PhD, Scientific Advisor

Len is professor emeritus at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and is a renowned social epidemiologist throughout the world. He served as principal advisor for the grant received from the California Endowment to explore the feasibility of a health impact investment strategy for reducing asthma emergencies in Fresno, California. Len brings to the team a clear expertise in research evidence, assessment and tracking of the social determinants of health, and provides oversight on the intervention methodologies funded by the Health Impact Bond℠.