Founder, Women’s Health USA
Bob Patricelli is a businessman and philanthropist in Greater Hartford, Connecticut. Bob received his B.A. from Wesleyan in 1961 and his LLD from Harvard Law School in 1965. Bob served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustee for 15 years, ending in 2005. In 1965, Bob was chosen as a White House Fellow and then embarked on several jobs in the federal government, serving as minority counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Deputy Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of HEW, and as Administrator of the Urban Mass Transit Administration.
He was Vice President of the non-profit Greater Hartford Process from 1971-75, which was devoted to community development activities in the region. Bob’s business career started at Connecticut General in Bloomfield. He became over time head of CIGNA’s health care businesses before starting a new career as an entrepreneur with the founding of Value Health, Inc. in 1987. Under his leadership, Value Health became a Fortune 1000 New York Stock Exchange company, and Bob went on to found and is still CEO of both Women’s Health USA and Evolution Benefits, based in Avon.
Bob is or has been involved in numerous boards and commissions at the local, state and national level. He is a member of the MetroHartford Alliance board of directors and chairs its Neighborhood Development Committee, is chairman of the Bushnell, and a member of the boards of Northeast Utilities, the Ocean Exploration Trust, and the CT Science Center. He has served in the past as chair of the CT Business and Industry Association, and as a member of the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the University of Hartford, Hartford Hospital, and Dance CT. His public policy passion is health care reform, and he co-chaired the CT Health Insurance Policy Council in 2006-07 and serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.