Before joining Sellers Dorsey, Leesa served as both the Executive Deputy Secretary for the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Director, and prior to that as the Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance Programs and the former Executive Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth. In this most recent role, Leesa was responsible for providing direction and oversight for the Department’s 16,000 employees and $30 billion budget, including eligibility and enrollment services, child welfare services, long-term care services for the elderly and intellectually disabled populations, behavioral health services, program integrity, and the statewide administration and oversight of the $30 billion Medicaid program.

Leesa played an integral role in the design, development, and implementation of Pennsylvania’s HealthChoices managed care program, including development of the Commonwealth’s managed care waiver and contractual language and program oversight and monitoring. In addition, Leesa was responsible for implementing value-based purchasing and quality incentives for providers and managed care organizations (MCOs) within the HealthChoices program.

Current Responsibility

Leesa Allen is a public policy expert with more than 26 years of health care experience. Leesa leverages her experience as a former Medicaid Director to design and implement policy initiatives and revenue-generating strategies to address the programmatic needs of clients such as hospital coalitions, state Medicaid agencies, and other public entities. In addition, Leesa provides strategic guidance, technical assistance, and relationship support to Sellers Dorsey’s Medicaid financing and consulting clients. Leesa also oversees Sellers Dorsey’s Policy and Research team, which conducts timely research and tracking of federal legislative, regulatory, and judicial actions impacting Medicaid.


  • Chatham College, BA, English
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