Valinda Rutledge serves as the Vice President of Federal Affairs for America’s Physician Groups, leading the federal legislative and regulatory activities in Washington, DC. Prior to her current role at APG, she served in a leadership position at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation (CMMI), where she helped build the Innovation Center from its startup phase and managed the design and launch of several of the Center's models. Before joining CMS, Ms. Rutledge served as CEO of several systems within Bon Secours and SSM Health, as well as CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina where she developed and launched several alternative payment models among employers and payers. Ms. Rutledge received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and impact to the industry on a national level. She is frequently sought as a national speaker in the area of payment, clinical innovation, and population health.