Rachel Ryan joined Dogwood Health Trust after serving as a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she counseled non-profit health care systems, hospitals, physician-hospital organizations, and foundations on strategic transactions designed to further their missions and increase their impact. In 2012, she began advising Mission Health System on physician alignment transactions that increased patient access to care and improved quality of care throughout the system. More recently, she managed a 30-person attorney diligence team for the $1.5 billion sale of Mission Health System to HCA. She has facilitated collaborations among private and public companies to address the opioid epidemic in Ohio and the lack of primary care residency training in Eastern Washington. She has also advised network administrators on contracts with providers and government agencies.
While at DBR, Rachel served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In this role, she developed and implemented strategies to address equity concerns and retain and recruit diverse attorneys. Those efforts resulted in the elimination of billable hours and bonus compensation disparities between diverse and non-diverse associates. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked for several start-up companies in roles that included Director of Product Innovation and Marketing Operations Manager.
Rachel has broken barriers in her professional and board service career. When she was elevated to partner at DBR in 2016, she was the first Hispanic female partner at a firm of 600 attorneys. From 2013-2014 she served as the first female board President of Shaker Ridge Country Club, an organization established in 1929.
Rachel earned her bachelor of arts from Harvard University and her juris doctorate from Albany Law School, where she graduated as valedictorian.
Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use
Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors
Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services
Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty
Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region
Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership
Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina
Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels
Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career
Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina
Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities
Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families
Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned
Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.