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Quam joins Center for American Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lois Quam, the former senior UnitedHealth Group executive, has joined the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow on green economy, health care, economic development and rural policy issues.

As a senior fellow at the left-leaning Washington think tank, Quam will travel to the nation’s capital once a month.

“The first piece that I am going to be working on is about the promise of green energy in rural America,” Quam said during an interview Wednesday evening after President Obama’s speech on health care, which she attended in Washington with Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

Quam heads Tysvar, a Minnesota-based company that she recently launched to help develop start-ups in health care and clean energy. The company has a specific focus on Norwegian-American collaboration.

She has been named three times by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Powerful Women” in business.

Her husband, Matt Entenza, served six terms in the Legislature and ran for state attorney general in 2006. He has announced that he will run for governor in 2010.

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