William L. Haar is the Director of the Zetema Project. His role is to facilitate a forum that stimulates the productive exchange of diverse, expert opinion on the many facets of the US healthcare system. Will recruits and coordinates healthcare leaders from across the political spectrum and the major healthcare stakeholder groups. He plans, manages, and evaluates Zetema’s triannual meetings, including the development of background documents and post-meeting output. He serves as the primary liaison for panel members, journalists, board members, and project staff. Will also directs the Zetema Fellowship, ensuring that selected graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare business and policy have productive experiences exploring some of the issues the Zetema Project investigates. In addition, he manages the Project’s nonprofit corporate administration.
Prior to joining the Zetema Project, Will led projects for six years with Prevention Institute, a think tank focused on the prevention of illness and injury. His work concentrated upon creating and advancing systems for improving patients’ social determinants of health through enhanced integration between healthcare and public health. Will also has experience working in health policy evaluation, program planning, and community organizing.
Will holds an MPH and an MSW from UC Berkeley and a BA from Thomas Edison State University, each of which he earned later in life. Before returning to school, his life experience included founding and running several small businesses, teaching English as a second language in both China and Poland, running a vocational program for children and young adults with developmental disabilities, and being a full-time parent, amongst other ventures.