[Click on Chris's name above to view the entire biography.] Chris Alibrandi brings years of leadership experience in non-profit, law firm, and corporate settings to CBHC. She most recently served as the Director of Health Policy at Northeast Delta Dental and was its subject matter expert on the Affordable Care Act and lobbyist on related state and federal matters. In that role, she also served on the New Hampshire and Maine Health Exchange Advisory Boards.
Most of Chris’s legal career has been in legal services; she was a managing attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and later ran the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services. Prior to law school, Chris was a community organizer with ACORN and worked for non-profit organizations in Oakland, California and Boston, Massachusetts.
She earned her undergraduate Marketing and Sociology degrees from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She is also a Leadership New Hampshire graduate.
After years of working with other vulnerable communities, Chris chose to now focus on children and youth with behavioral health needs. As a former foster parent, Chris is personally knowledgeable of the challenges faced by New Hampshire families with children in need of behavioral health supports and services.
Her commitment to this work is also the result of her involvement in the Leadership New Hampshire program; through that experience she recognized that so many of the issues we see in our adult population in New Hampshire that are caused by untreated mental health and substance use disorders, including addiction, depression, domestic violence, suicide, and chronic unemployment, among others, can be minimized or even avoided if appropriate behavioral services are available earlier in life.
Believing that good mental and physical health are key to living a full life, Chris joined CBHC to lead implementation of its strategic plan to transform how the State delivers behavioral health supports and services to our children and youth.