Health care diplomat Lois Quam’s new role seems natural
|By David Fondler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
At least that's what she sees as the mission of the
Quam was a longtime
In 2011, she reunited with Clinton, then secretary of state, at the
In an interview last week, on her second day at the
How does your health care work translate into your new job at the
"Illness is related to pollution, unsafe water; and protecting the land and water that our lives depend on is one of the effective ways to help us stay well.
"I've always tried to find a better way to do things: How can we find better or more effective ways to protect our land and water?
"I like finding those gems, those really good ideas. I like taking good ideas and bringing them to full potential.
"I'll be COO, part of the central leadership team, helping the
"We have 4,000 employees worldwide; we operate in all 50 states and 38 countries.
"There are a number of challenges before us. We have a long history of protecting land, developing land trusts, protecting precious ecosystems that are under threat.
"It's a growing world and a growing
"Taking on that challenge involves bringing people around the table. I'm very strong at convening people, getting people together.
"We have a strong focus on science. We're a very collaborative organization. We like to sit down with people, local land owners, to find win-win solution."
What ties do you maintain to
"I'm a Minnesotan through and though. I grew up in
"I try to get to
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