Roland Lyon is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. In this role, he leads the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, providing high-quality, affordable health care to 680,000 members in Denver/Boulder, Southern Colorado, Northern Colorado, and the mountain communities of Summit and Eagle counties.
He was previously vice president of Strategy, Market Expansion and Network Operations, and was responsible for strategy development and performance, capital planning, real estate, and market expansion and operations.
With 25 years of experience in health care, Lyon joined Kaiser Permanente in 2002, initially based in California before coming to Colorado in 2006. His roles in California included vice president of consulting and capital planning in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region, and vice president of strategic planning in Kaiser Permanente’s national Program Offices. He also served in executive leadership roles at Catholic Healthcare West in Arizona, where he was the senior vice president of strategy and business development. Lyon began his career in management consulting in the health care field, working with APM and BDC Advisors.
In the local community, Lyon serves on Mayor Michael Hancock’s Denver Education Compact Advisory Board, the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, and Downtown Denver Partnership’s Denver Civic Ventures board of directors. He is a member of the Business Experiential-Learning Commission of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and Colorado Forum. He previously served as treasurer for a new charter school — Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, for which he received the Volunteer of the Year award from Denver Downtown Partnership. He is a past board member of the Knowledge is Power Program (or KIPP) Colorado Schools, a charter school organization supporting underserved communities in Denver; as well as for Mercy Housing, also based in Denver.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian of the economics department, and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Lyon recently stated that he “envisions all Colorado residents having access to high-quality, affordable health care in their communities.” He sees Kaiser Permanente as a leader in this effort: “As we work to improve the health of our members, fewer health care resources are required to treat illness, which reduces cost. As both an insurance company and a health care provider —‘care and coverage together’, we pass these lower costs on to our members in the form of relatively lower prices.”