Audrey Shelto

President and Chief Executive Officer

As a proven leader with 40 years of achievement in improving the delivery of health care and human services, particularly for populations who have been marginalized, Audrey assumed leadership of the Foundation in August 2013. She leads the Foundation's strategic agenda to ensure equitable access to health care through grants, research, and policy initiatives.

Audrey served as interim president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in 2005, helping to shape the Foundation's policies and supporting the Roadmap to Coverage initiative that led to Massachusetts' landmark 2006 universal health care law. She joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2007, where she focused on medical cost and care management initiatives over the next six years before returning to the Foundation to become its president.

Audrey's other professional experience includes chief operating officer of Neighborhood Health Plan, executive director for the Boston Mayor's Advisory Committee on Health Care, associate commissioner of Massachusetts's Department of Mental Health, and assistant budget director for the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

She is widely recognized for her expertise in all aspects of health care and is often called upon to serve on committees and task forces around the state, such as the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Addiction & Recovery (Boston), the MA House of Representatives Legislative Working Group on Managed Care Organizations, the Attorney General’s Advisory Task Force on Community Benefits and the Middlesex County Restoration Commission.  Audrey is also a sought-after speaker on the local and national health care scene.

Audrey holds a master's degree in management of human services from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from the University of Connecticut.  She serves on the boards of the MA Health Policy Forum and Philanthropy Massachusetts (Chair). She received the inaugural Art of Healthcare Award from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in 2014 and the Thomas M. Menino Award in 2016 from the Disability Policy Consortium. In 2018, Audrey was honored by the Lynn Community Health Center with their annual women’s award and by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health with their Spirit of Compassion award. Audrey was named a 2022 Champion of Health and Wellness by the Massachusetts Health Council.  She is an elected member of the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts.