David Reynolds has served as a senior health policy advisor to Senator Patrick Leahy (2014), Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (2011 – 2013), and Senator Bernie Sanders (2007 – 2011). While with Senator Sanders, he drafted and negotiated key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, focusing on primary care and workforce issues.
In 1976, David founded, and led for 30 years, Northern Counties Health Care in rural northeastern Vermont, the state’s first Federally Qualified Health Center network. He was a founder of the Bi-State Primary Care Association in 1986, established VNA Health Systems of Vermont in 1997, and was a founding member of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (2000). He was appointed to the position of Distinguished Visiting Faculty in Health Policy at George Washington University in 2005. Among his numerous awards, he is proudest of receiving the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Cornell Scott Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010. In 2012, the New England College of Optometry awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Previously, David was awarded several fellowships: Pew Foundation Fellowship in Health Policy (1984-1987), Kellogg Foundation International Leadership Fellowship (1995-1998) concentrating on southern Africa and Latin America, and the Department of State Congressional Fellowship (2012) during which he was part of a team that travelled to Kazakhstan. He currently serves as Governor Shumlin’s appointed Chair of the Consumer Advisory Council on Health Reform, charged with advising the governor on the creation of the nation’s first single payer health care system.
David received his Master’s (1972) and Doctorate (1999) degrees in Public Health from the University of Michigan, specializing in health care administration and policy.