Rachel Foster

Ms. Foster is a new associate with Grace & Associates.  She retired from the Office of the Secretary of Defense after serving for 32 years in Comptroller and Health Affairs. During her career she serving in roles with increasing responsibility in the areas of Military Medicine and Programming and Budgeting. In Ms. Fosters most recent position with the Government, she served as the first Military Health System Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), directly reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs.  As the CINO, Ms. Foster spearheaded the activities of the MHS Innovation Strategy and team.  Her main responsibilities included creating a sustaining culture of innovation across the Enterprise and supporting innovations in the areas of recapture of specialty and inpatient care, obesity and tobacco use reduction, and knowledge sharing. From 2009-2011, Ms. Foster served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Budgets and Financial Policy. In this role she was responsible for overseeing the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process for the $50B Military Health System.  During her tenure, she reengineered the PPBE process to ensure that key decisions were placed in the hands of senior leaders, a model which continues today.