In June 2014, Ron Sims was appointed by Gov. Inslee as Chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board.
Ron previously served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Ron managed the day-to-day operations of an agency with 8,500 employees and an operating budget of nearly $40 billion. Prior to his appointment at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he served for 12 years as the King County Executive.
Ron is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental, and social equity issues. He is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Health Alliance, formerly the Puget Sound Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization he helped found where employers, physicians, hospitals, patients, and health plan providers come together to improve health care quality. He is also on the Washington State University Board of Regents, the university’s governing body.
Ron serves on the Puget Sound Leadership Council, a seven-member citizen group that governs the Puget Sound Partnership, a state agency coordinating with federal, state, local, tribal, and private resources in restoring the ecological health of Washington State’s largest estuary.
Ron’s term runs to Dec. 14, 2021.