Mitra Behroozi, J.D.
Executive Director, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds
Mitra Behroozi is the Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, which provide comprehensive self-insured, self-administered healthcare and retirement benefits to members and retirees of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New York’s largest union representing healthcare workers, and their dependents. The four benefit funds cover more than 400,000 lives and spend more than $1.7 billion annually on health benefits. Under Ms. Behroozi’s leadership, the Funds developed innovative cost containment programs that will save nearly $3.3 billion in health costs by 2018. In addition, she administers three pension funds with more than $10 billion in assets, which pay out nearly $850 million a year in pension benefits to 97,000 retired workers and their beneficiaries.
Ms. Behroozi has over 25 years of combined experience in the fields of employment law and employee benefits. Prior to joining the Funds, she was a partner in Levy, Ratner & Behroozi, P.C. (now known as Levy Ratner, P.C.), a law firm specializing in labor, employment and employee benefits law and serving as principal counsel for 1199SEIU. Ms. Behroozi served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) from 2006 through 2012, where she was one of 17 commissioners analyzing issues affecting Medicare and providing recommendations to the United States Congress. From 2010 through 2013, she served on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is on the Board of Directors of Healthix and its predecessor, New York’s Downstate Regional Health Information Organization.
Ms. Behroozi is a frequent public speaker on a variety of healthcare and employment issues. She has participated in panels, roundtables and healthcare summits at such institutions as Cornell University, New York University School of Law and the Fordham University School of Business.
Ms. Behroozi is a graduate of Brown University and received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Executive Director, 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds
Sandi Vito is the Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF). TEF provides training, job placement and quality improvement programs to over 700 healthcare employers and 250,000 workers in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, DC and Florida.
Ms. Vito joined TEF in 2011 as the Director of the 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) and the 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund (GNY). Jointly governed by labor and management, these organizations provide front-line healthcare workers with an array of education and training benefits, including foundational skills and healthcare-related certificates and degrees. During her tenure as Director of TUF, Ms. Vito oversaw the realignment of programs and expedited new ones, including the development of Care Management and Care Coordination programs and Bachelor of Science in Nursing initiatives.
Prior to joining TEF, Ms. Vito served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, where she oversaw unemployment compensation, labor law, workers’ compensation and workforce development programs. From 2003 to 2008, she served as the department’s Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development and led the Governor’s Industry Partnership initiative to align education and training to serve the needs of growing economic sectors. She also served on the 2008 Presidential Transition Team for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Vito holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Richard Stockton College, has studied Urban Studies and Community and Regional Planning at Temple University, and is currently taking courses in Labor Studies at the City University of New York.
Executive Director, 1199SEIU Child Care Funds
Vivian Fox was appointed Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds in January, 2006. Previously, Ms. Fox was President and CEO of the National Medical Fellowships.
Ms. Fox has more than three decades of experience in creating and overseeing innovative social service and health programs, in both the private and public sector. She has served as Executive Director of the YWCA of the City of New York, and has worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation and continues to serve as consultant to the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is active on several boards and councils including the Harlem Hospital Advisory Board, New York Women’s Agenda, New York Women of Distinction, and the New York Chapter of National Political Congress of Black Women. In March 2007, she was appointed to the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues by Mayor Bloomberg. Ms. Fox holds a B.S. in Political Science from Hunter College.