As Principal of Intrepid Ascent, Mark Elson, PhD provides leadership for health IT initiatives enabling coordinated and high-quality care. He works with clients to align their data infrastructure with strategic objectives for outcomes improvement to drive long-term value. Mark also serves as Executive Director of the San Joaquin Community Health Information Exchange (SJCHIE), is a Board member for the California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE), and recently participated on the Advisory Board for California’s State Health Information Guidance initiative. Prior to founding Intrepid Ascent, Mark played a lead role in California’s implementation of federal HITECH Act programs to advance health information exchange and the Meaningful Use of electronic health records. In 2013, he directed CalHIPSO’s Regional Extension Center program, managing ten local affiliates and over fifty consulting organizations assisting 6,000+ providers in qualifying for Meaningful Use. He joined CalHIPSO from UC Davis Health System and Cal eConnect, where he developed and managed programs with a budget of over $8 million supporting health information technology initiatives across the state. In these and prior roles at RAND, UCLA, and Lumetra, Mark managed teams focused on health care integration through information technology, data analytics, quality improvement, and strategic partnerships. Raised in rural California, Mark is dedicated to supporting the delivery of high-quality care to all. He received a BA from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.