Karen Minyard, PhD, has led the Georgia Health Policy Center since 2001 and is a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Georgia State University). Her research interests include financing and evaluation of health-related social policy programs; strategic alignment of public and private health policy through collective impact; the role of local health initiatives in access and health improvement; the role of targeted technical assistance in improving the sustainability, efficiency, and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit health collaboratives; and health and health care financing. Minyard has applied a realist approach to much of her work over the last six years. This work involves multiple projects, the largest of which included eight rounds of sense making over five years to revise the original literature based theory about health system transformation. She maintains her connection with communities by working directly with local health collaboratives and serving on the boards of AcademyHealth, National Network of Public Health Institutes, and Communities Joined in Action. She also serves on the executive trio of ARCHI, Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, and a doctoral degree in business administration with a major in strategic management and minor in health care financing from Georgia State University.