Staff

David Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director.

Prior to joining HCCI, Dr. Newman was a Specialist in Health Care Financing at the Congressional Research Service and previously served as a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Army and Navy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the US Agency for International Development.

Dr. Newman possesses a PhD in political science from the University of Rochester and a JD from the University of New Hampshire Law School and has held academic appointments at Georgetown University, the National University of Singapore and Lingnan University in Hong Kong. 

Carolina-Nicole S. Herrera, MA, Director of Research.

Prior to joining HCCI, Ms. Herrera was a healthcare economist whose work focused on the international and domestic nursing workforce, and the relationships between nurse education, staffing, quality, and patient outcomes. She previously held research and leadership positions at the George Washington University, Optimal Solutions Group LLC, the University of California-San Francisco, University of San Francisco, and Bank of America.

Ms. Herrera received her MA in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco after completing a BA in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Amanda Frost, PhD, MA, Senior Researcher.

Dr. Frost is the lead author of the 2012 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, HCCI's latest annual report on the privately insured. Her research has focused on health care costs, state and local politics and policy, and statistical methods.

Dr. Frost received her PhD and MA in political science from the University of Iowa.

Scott Hiers, BA, Research Assistant.

Mr. Hiers graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, with majors in political science and peace, war & defense.