James Roosevelt, Jr., joined Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel, and he held that position until June 2005, when he became president and chief executive officer. As general counsel, he presided over the legal department and the company’s compliance, privacy, and government relations functions.
Before joining Tufts Health Plan, Mr. Roosevelt was the associate commissioner for Retirement Policy for the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. He has also served as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and is co-chair of the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Roosevelt spent ten years as partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. He is past chairman of the board of trustees for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, past president of the American Health Lawyers Association, and past chairman of the board of trustees for Mount Auburn Hospital. Currently, Mr. Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and as a member of the board of directors at America’s Health Insurance Plans and at the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center. He is also co-chair of the board of directors for the Tufts Health Care Institute. In November 2008, President-elect Barack Obama appointed Mr. Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration.
Mr. Roosevelt received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.