Former Nashville Lawyer, Obama Advisor Joins Equity Firm

Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former Nashville attorney and one of President Barack Obama’s chief advisors on health care reform, has joined the private equity firm Consonance Capital Partners, the Tennessean reports. The firm, located in New York City, focuses exclusively on investing in the U.S. health care industry. From 2009 to January 2013, DeParle served in the Obama White House, first as counselor to the president and then as director of the White House Office of Health Reform, where she spearheaded Obama’s effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and managed initial implementation of the law. Earlier in her career, she was commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.