Charlene Holzbaur Brings Deep Knowledge of Budgets And Government to Mission to Promote Health Quality and Control Costs

PRINCETON, January 6, 2017 — Charlene Holzbaur, the former budget director for New Jersey who served under six governors, is bringing her deep experience in government and finance to her new role as a board member of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

Holzbaur served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for New Jersey for 16 years, apparently making her the state’s longest serving budget director, according to records going back as far as 1865. She now works as a financial management specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Region II, where she reviews components of New York’s Medicaid program.

“Charlene is among the most respected public servants in recent New Jersey history. Her passion for our state and her interest in health care make her an ideal board member of the Quality Institute,” said Linda Schwimmer, President & CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. “Charlene’s expertise will help us advance our mission to improve health care quality while also working to contain costs. She brings the purchaser’s voice, which is very important.”

As budget director, Holzbaur prepared and monitored the state budget and annual financial report and oversaw all accounting functions. She also worked as Chief Financial Officer for the New Jersey Divisions of Medical Assistance and Family Development.  In that capacity, she had direct leadership for Medicaid rate structures for most services, including managed care. She also led New Jersey in establishing the financial framework for the TANF (New Jersey’s Temporary Assistance for Need Families) program.

Holzbaur said her long-standing interest in health care began with her work in Medicaid and never waned, even as she rose to oversee the entire state budget. She said she is eager to become more involved with the policy aspects of health care as well as the financial aspects.

“I am eager to join such a diverse board,” Holzbaur said. “It will be interesting to follow my interest in health care and work with a board that includes health providers, a former governor, payers — and so many others involved in all aspects of health care.”

Holzbaur predicts substantial change in the health care landscape in 2017 and beyond.

“We have change on the federal level, and we will have a new governor in New Jersey in 2018,” she said. “I expect it will be a very interesting time to work in health care and I am excited to add my voice to the Quality Institute’s important work.”

In addition to joining the board, Holzbaur also will join the Steering Committee for Medicaid 2.0, the Quality Institute’s initiative, supported by The Nicholson Foundation, to develop a blueprint for the future of the state’s Medicaid program.

About the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute is the only independent, nonpartisan, multi-stakeholder advocate for health care quality in New Jersey. The Quality Institute’s mission is to undertake projects and promote system changes that ensure that quality, safety, accountability and cost-containment are closely linked to the delivery of health care services in New Jersey. Learn more about us at