Regina L. Yan, MA, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a healthcare-research funding organization based in Washington, DC, and established by Congress. PCORI aims to provide patients and those who care for them with the information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. As COO, Yan oversees all aspects of PCORI’s financial and administrative operations, including human resources, contracts oversight, compliance, facilities, budgeting, and information technology.
Yan has a long and successful track record of helping large foundations and nonprofit organizations develop the structure and capacity needed to operate more efficiently. She joined PCORI after serving as the first COO of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Yan also served as Executive Vice President at the Eurasia Foundation and for more than a decade, she directed the foundation’s general operations in more than a dozen countries and managed special projects, such as its economic education and research program, media viability fund, and small business lending program.
In addition, Yan held various executive positions at IREX, an international research and education organization, where she provided management oversight to IREX’s field operations in 22 countries and launched its programs in Asia. Prior to that, she managed international programs at the US National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
She served for a decade as board chair of the Kyiv School of Economics, an international graduate economic program in Ukraine.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and her master’s degree from the University of Hawaii.
Yan was a 2019 recipient of the C-Suite Award by the Washington Business Journal for her leadership in organizational success. She is also a certified Human Capital Strategist.
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