Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota hires former Democrat House candidate Pam Gulleson

FARGO, N.D. — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) announced today that Pam Gulleson has accepted the position of Vice President of Public Affairs. Gulleson will assume the responsibilities of the newly-created position in January at the company’s Fargo headquarters.

“Pam brings extensive experience in legislative policy, strategy and allied health education – together with a strong track record for building bipartisan relationships – that will be critical to our advocacy on behalf of our members.” said Paul von Ebers, president and chief executive officer of BCBSND. “We are very pleased to announce that Pam is joining our leadership team.”

In this new position, Gulleson will oversee the corporate advocacy strategy, working with the Government Relations team, and will have both state and federal responsibilities. Gulleson will draw on both her public sector experience and health industry experience. She served in the North Dakota State House of Representatives for 16 years, as chief of staff for North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan for nine years, and ran for the U.S. House of Representatives for North Dakota in 2012.

“I am very pleased to be joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, especially at such a critical time in health care in our country,” Gulleson said. “I am looking forward to working with such a significant leader in health care in North Dakota, and drawing from my health care and public policy experience to find solutions for North Dakota.”

Gulleson received her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University, Fargo, majoring in nutrition and education and has also completed masters’ coursework in Public Policy Administration from the North Dakota University System and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. She worked as a licensed nutritionist for the Sargent and Ransom County Public Health offices in North Dakota for nearly 20 years, leading the development and delivery of nutrition and preventive health programs and served as the director of nutrition programming. As director of allied health programs for the North Dakota State College of Science, she established the Allied Health outreach training program at the Skills and Technology Training Center in Fargo and developed alternative delivery programs for allied health training, including online, video and satellite delivery formats. She has also served on the board of directors for the River Valley Research Corridor and the Center for Native American Youth, Suicide Prevention Program.

Since 1980, Gulleson has been a partner in a North Dakota ranching and farming business with her husband.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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