Willis A. Morris
Willis A. Morris is a principal of Statecraft Staffing, LLC.
He has served in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Morris has extensive expertise and experience with Medicaid, Medicare, commercial health insurance, prevention, chronic disease management, public policy, and global health. He is also frequently sought after for his ready access to a wide network of corporate executives, non-profit directors, political advocates and community leaders.
Most recently, he worked at Bloomberg Government, where he led health care product development that included enhancing healthcare content, functionality, and data. In 2010, he served as deputy director of state/federal relations in the Office of the Governor of the State of California. Morris provided guidance, strategic assessments, and analysis to the Governor about the impact of federal Medicaid legislation and regulations, health care reform, public health, behavioral health, aging, disability, and human services.
From 2001-2009, Morris served as a senior advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He provided guidance to 22 operating and staff divisions including the surgeon general, the Food and Drug Administration, the Public Health Service, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He participated in the implementation of Medicare Part D and the acceleration of the Medicaid waiver approval process. He was also a volunteer on the Bush-Cheney transition in 2000-2001 with responsibility supporting the health care appointments and transition process. During the transition, he had the honor of representing the Secretary at the African Heads of State Summit on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other related infectious diseases, in Abuja, Nigeria.
He served as the deputy secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Health and Human Services Secretariat from 1998-2001. As the functional chief operating officer, Morris managed the day-to-day operations of 13 state agencies with 15,000 employees and a budget over $5 billion. He was also responsible for policy development, strategic planning, and legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
Morris has also served in the U.S Health Care Financing Administration, as a senior executive of a Medicaid HMO start up, and as a director of operations for a Medicaid HMO. He began his career at a big eight accounting firm.