Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas

Advisory Board Member

Jesse Thomas is a healthcare executive and thought leader dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the vulnerable and underserved. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Blue, the Medicaid health plan at BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina serving hundreds of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries.

Jesse has held executive leadership positions for several health plans serving Medicaid, Medicare, and Marketplace members, including roles as CEO of Trusted Health Plan, President, South Division of WellCare Health Plans, and President, CEO and Chairman of Molina Healthcare of Michigan and Ohio. His strong business acumen and commitment to the populations he serves have enabled him to lead and grow these businesses, increasing enrollment of vulnerable and low-income families and individuals.

His successful leadership experience further extends to roles with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, UnitedHealth Group, and Colorado Access, a provider-sponsored HMO. He has also overseen commercial health plan strategies at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky, Humana and Prudential.

As a thought leader from a health, faith and community perspective, Jesse is a frequent speaker on topics covering healthcare, education, housing, inequality and disparity and is frequently honored for his public service contributions. He was recognized as a Michigan Chronicle 2017 Men of Excellence Honoree.

Jesse holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has done graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Eastern Michigan University and Houston Baptist University.