Sydney Smith Zvara is an independent consultant serving health care business clients with legislative communications and advocacy, as well as executive level coaching.
As Executive Director for the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans (AWHP), Ms. Zvara served for 12 years as the voice of Washington’s healthcare insurance industry to state legislators and regulators. Together, AWHP member plans provide coverage to over 5 million residents of Washington.
Prior to joining AWHP, Ms Zvara provided consulting services to health care companies throughout the U.S., including Providence Health Plan of WA & Alaska, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), Gulf South Health Plans, MaxiCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Northwest Medical Bureau, and the Washington State Health Insurance Pool. In addition to healthcare plans, she has worked closely with pharmaceutical and medical technology firms, and integrated hospital and physician systems.
Ms. Zvara has led numerous start-up programs, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association's national "Medicare Blue USA” program. She also served on the faculty of Pfizer's National Quality Forums.