Regina L. Yan

Chief Operating Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Regina L. Yan

Chief Operating Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Regina Yan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Washington, DC-based Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a healthcare research funding organization established by the U.S. Congress. Ms. Yan is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations supporting PCORI’s mission to fund research that provides patients and those who care for them with the information they need to make better-informed healthcare decisions. As COO, she oversees all aspects of PCORI’s financial and administrative operations, including human resources, contracts, compliance, facilities, budgeting, and information technology. PCORI funds about $500 million in patient-centered healthcare research annually.

Ms. Yan has a successful track record helping large foundations and non-profit organizations develop the structure and capacity needed to operate more efficiently. She joins PCORI after serving as the first COO of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. There, she provided senior management oversight to finance, human resources, communications, publications, grants management, events, information technology, and facilities functions.

Ms. Yan also served as executive vice president at Eurasia Foundation, where 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. She more recently served as senior advisor at the foundation, providing counsel on matters related to institutional development, governance, and programming.

In addition, Ms. Yan has held various executive positions at International Research and Exchanges Board (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 U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Ms. Yan currently serves as board chair of the Kyiv School of Economics, an international graduate economics program in Ukraine; a founding board member of the East Europe Foundation in Ukraine and Moldova and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Ms. Yan received her bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and her master’s degree from the University of Hawaii.

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