Zachary Sherman, who has been acting director of HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, has been chosen as the new director, state Administration Director Michael DiBiase announced today.
Sherman, a longtime health care consultant, has been the interim director since November, 2015. A Vermont native, Sherman took over the post when Anya Rader Wallack left it to become executive director of the state’s Medicaid program.
``Zach has demonstrated outstanding leadership during his tenure at HealthSource RI, first as a key staffer during the start-up, then as chief of staff and more recently as acting director,’’ said DiBiase in a statement. ``He has worked very closely with me and with former director Wallack to establish and enhance Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange.’’
Sherman, 29, started working at HealthSource RI under Christine Ferguson during then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration, and stayed on as chief of staff to Wallack, also a Vermont native.
``I’m honored to have been chosen to lead HealthSource RI,’’ said Sherman in a statement.
Sherman, 29, holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Rhodes College in Tennessee. He lives in Providence and will earn a salary of $146,026 annually, according to spokeswoman Brenna McCabe.
He hails from a family steeped in journalism and politics. His father, Bob Sherman is originally from East Providence. He was a reporter and press secretary to former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin and an influential lobbyist in the Green Mountain state. His mother, Kate Winslow, was also a Vermont journalist.