Ruth E. Williams-Brinkley

President, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States

Ruth E. Williams-Brinkley is President of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan for the Mid-Atlantic States (MAS). In this role, she directs Kaiser Permanente’s markets in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, providing fully integrated care and coverage for more than 800,000 members in the region. The Mid-Atlantic region includes the health plan, a large network of geographically dispersed medical offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, care-at-home skilled nursing, diagnostic, virtual and other care continuum services, and partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.


Prior to joining the Mid-Atlantic, she led Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals of the Northwest, where she oversaw health plan and hospitals in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Williams-Brinkley has over 40 years of executive experience in health care. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations for CommonSpirit Health (formerly CHI) and President and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, which at that time, was Kentucky’s largest integrated health delivery system. She served as the system’s first president and CEO, and designed, implemented, and integrated all aspects of the system’s governance, strategy, operations, physician services and Accountable Care Organization (ACO). She held previous executive leadership roles at Ascension Health and APM management consultants.

Williams-Brinkley serves on the boards of Travere Therapeutics, DePaul University, University of Phoenix, and the Clinical Center Research Hospital Board of the NIH. She has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare, one of Becker’s most admired CEOs in health care, one of the Top 25 Women in Health Care, and one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Health Care.


Williams-Brinkley holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from DePaul University in Chicago. She was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Health care and public health Infrastructure;
  • Executive leadership
  • Equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Women leadership