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 $2 billion annually on health benefits. Under Ms. Behroozi’s leadership, the Benefit Funds developed innovative cost containment programs that have saved the Funds nearly $4 billion during her 15-year tenure. In addition, she administers three Pension Funds with more than $12 billion in assets, which pay out nearly $950 million a year in pension benefits to 110,000 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 in 2003, 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 served as principal counsel for 1199SEIU. Ms. Behroozi serves on the Board of Directors of New York’s major downstate Regional Health Information Organization, Healthix, on the Board of the Northeast Business Group on Health and on the Advisory Board of Fordham University’s Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center. She served two terms as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and has also served on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In 2018 and 2019, she was recognized as a “Notable Woman in Health Care” by Crain’s New York Business.
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 received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.