Amy Downs, Vice President, joined the Colorado Health Institute in 2005. Her work ranges from managing CHI’s portfolio of analyses to making presentations throughout the state and helping to develop CHI’s strategic priorities. She is interested in new models of care and health and social programs that can improve the well-being of low-income populations.
Previously, Amy served as a senior health care analyst and the assistant director of the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB), where she focused on social service programs including Medicaid. Prior to her tenure at OSPB, she was an economist for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group where she collaborated with investors on private sector development projects in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
She earned her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and bachelor of arts degree in political science from Grinnell College in Iowa. She was a Fulbright scholar in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she conducted research on private sector development and taught economics.
In 2017, she was an Ian Axford fellow, a fellowship administered by Fulbright New Zealand. Hosted by the New Zealand Treasury, she made recommendations to the government on how to increase access to primary care for underserved populations.
In her free time, she organizes medical missions to Latin America with Healing the Children.