UDC's Board of Trustees
Dr. Elaine Crider
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Elaine A. Crider is the President and Founder of The Crider Group consulting company, where she is focused on providing a full range of services to government, private, and non-profit organizations. Through her work with The Crider Group, Dr. Crider has made numerous and positive impacts on organizational development, short - and long -term strategic planning, project management, mergers and acquisitions, and business startups. Among her many prestigious clients are The District of Columbia Department of Health, United Health Group, United Behavioral Health Care, High Mark Blue Cross, Aon Consulting, Lockheed Martin, The City of Philadelphia, and Northwestern University Hospital.
In addition to her work through the Crider Group, Dr. Crider has held numerous high-visibility and influential positions. From 2001 through 2002, she served as an Associate Professor with Southeastern University in Washington, DC where she lectured graduate- and undergraduate-level courses on critical issues surrounding public and healthcare administration. In this role, Dr. Crider was able to apply her extensive expertise to recommend innovative curriculum enhancements to ensure the program remained cutting-edge.
Dr. Crider began her distinguished career in Clinical Nursing in the Washington, DC area, where she solidified her clinical expertise and built a life-long commitment to improving the quality of health care to urban populations living in poverty. She also developed significant expertise in healthcare policy development and execution. Some highlights of Dr. Crider's career include, 1) leading a 250-member team to grow and manage Medicaid Managed Care programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; 2) utilizing her outstanding communication and consensus-building skills to liaise with state, local, and federal government agencies, customer and advocacy groups, and program beneficiaries to build consensus and guide program development, improve quality of care, and expand program availability; 3) leading the development and implementation of a behavioral health system for a large urban municipality; and 4) overseeing day to day operations for a medium sized health system including budgeting, vendor relationships, clinical operations and government relations.
Dr. Elaine A. Crider possesses a Doctor of Health Science from NOVA Southeastern University, a Master of Science in of Heath Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland.