Gaye Adams Massey

Board Member | Attorney and Health Advocate

Gaye Adams Massey served as Senior Deputy General Counsel for United Health Group from July 2007 to August 2013. She oversaw the legal teams advising on privacy and data security, intellectual property, technology and procurement matters, and non-for-profit foundation legal issues. She served as lead counsel to the company’s customer relationship with AARP, and served as the chief administrative officer for the corporate legal team, responsible for, among other things, the enterprise records management program, outside counsel management initiatives, and the department pro bono program.

Prior to assuming this role, she was General Counsel of Ovations, the United Health Group business dedicated to serving the health and well-being needs of individuals age 50 and older. From 2001 to 2007, she oversaw the legal, compliance and regulatory affairs teams supporting Ovations’ national presence in the Medicare program, including Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare prescription drug plans and special offerings for chronically ill beneficiaries.

Prior to joining Ovations, Gaye served as Vice President and General Counsel for QualChoice Health Plan, directing the legal and regulatory affairs of the health insurance organization of University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier in her career, she was a senior attorney with Aetna, Inc. where she held multiple roles, including regional counsel to the company’s health plan business and general counsel to its physician practice management company. She also served as chair of Aetna’s pro bono program. Prior to Aetna, Gaye engaged in a regulatory and litigation practice with Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., and served as a judicial clerk on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Prior to embarking on her legal career, she served as an Executive Assistant to the President of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She serves on the boards of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and is a trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Previously she served on the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, which promotes diversity in the Twin Cities legal community, and Families Moving Forward, a member of the Interfaith Hospitality Network serving homeless families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. She has also served on the boards of the Centers for Dialysis Care in Cleveland, Ohio, Hartford Community Health Services, and Lawyers for Children in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.