PCDC is proud to salute our past and present Board Chairs

Rick Cotton  

Rick Cotton
Executive Director of The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey
PCDC Board Chair 1993-2001


Rick Cotton became Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on August 14, 2017. Prior to joining the Port Authority, since January 2015, Mr. Cotton served as Governor Cuomo's Special Counsellor for Interagency Initiatives, serving as the point person within the Governor's office for most of the Governor's major downstate infrastructure priorities including LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the Moynihan Train Hall and Penn-Farley Complex, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the expansion of the Javits Center, and the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway project. Mr. Cotton joined the administration following 25 years at NBC Universal, where he held a number of positions beginning in 1989, including 20 years as EVP and General Counsel and four years in London as President and Managing Director of CNBC Europe. He also served as Executive Secretary to the Department at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Deputy Secretary of Energy John Sawhill at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Cotton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Bruce Vladeck, PhD  

Bruce Vladeck, PhD
Senior Advisor to the Greater New York
Hospital Association
PCDC Board Chair 2003-2006


Having recently retired after 43 years of full-time employment, Bruce C. Vladeck currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association, and as a consultant to a number of other health care organizations. He also chairs the Board of Medicare Rights Center, and serves on the boards of Penn Medicine and the Foundation of the American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists. During his professional career, Vladeck held a number of senior positions, including: Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Health (1979-1982); President, United Hospital Fund (1983-1993); Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration (1993-1997); Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Medical Center (1998-2003); and Interim President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2006-2007). He has also been a member of the full-time faculty at Columbia University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and has held adjunct appointments at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Previously, Vladeck also served as a trustee or director of many organizations, including New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Ascension Health, the Hadassah Hospital, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care for the Homeless, the Primary Care Development Corporation; and the March of Dimes. Vladeck received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy (Basic Books, 1980), still considered the standard reference on nursing home policy in the United States, and of more than one hundred articles in the professional literature.


Daniel T. McGowan  

Daniel T. McGowan
PCDC Board Chair
2006-present


Mr. McGowan is the Chairman of Hygea Health Holdings and former President and Chief Operating Officer of HIP Health Plans (now EmblemHealth). Previously, Mr. McGowan was Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. In prior positions he served as Vice President for Planning and Program Development at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Executive Director of the Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency on Long Island and Executive Director of the Health Systems Agency of New York City. Mr. McGowan graduated with a BA in Psychology from Marquette University and received an MS from Northern Illinois University in Administration of Health and Mental Health Services.


Jo Ivey Boufford, MD  

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
President, The New York Academy of Medicine
PCDC Board Chair 2001-2002


Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is immediate past President of The New York Academy of Medicine and President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9). Effective January 1, 2018 she became Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University where she is also Emeritus Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She served in a variety of senior positions in and as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. In NYC, she currently serves on the Board of the United Hospital Fund and NYC Health and Hospitals and is on the Boards of the National Hispanic Health Foundation and the Health Effects Institute. She was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and served two four-year terms as its Foreign Secretary from 2003 to 2011. She was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015 and has been a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine since 1989. Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.