Uma S. Ahluwalia

  • Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Uma S. Ahluwalia is a respected healthcare and human services leader with extensive experience leading key growth initiatives in demanding political and legislative environments.

She is an expert in delivering innovative, reliable, cost-effective solutions and public policy strategies that improve operations and productivity.

Prior to joining Health Management Associates, she served as director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Maryland. During her 12-year tenure, she led implementation of the Affordable Care Act and received national recognition for overseeing an integrated and interoperable health, behavioral and human services enterprise to address population health and wellbeing.   This integration across both public and private agencies involved strong community-based organization partnerships and innovative contracting models. As Director, Uma worked closely with the Montgomery County Public Schools to address early warning indicators to school success and developed an interagency strategy to strengthen the socio-emotional learning needs of children, youth and their families from pre-school to higher education and vocational training.  Under her leadership, the county developed strategies for data sharing to better serve children, youth and families was a huge accomplishment.

Uma’s has worked in a number of public systems, including child welfare as the interim director in the Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC and assistant secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services in the State of Washington for the Children’s Administration.

She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Delhi in India and a specialist, post-master’s in health services administration from George Washington University. Over her 28-year career in human services, she has progressively moved from case-carrying social work to executive leadership at the state and local levels.