The Lewin Group welcomes John Selig, new SVP leading state growth

Date Posted : November 18, 2016
Selig brings a national reputation for implementation of innovative concepts in state health and human services.


The Lewin Group is pleased to announce the addition of John Selig as a senior vice president. In this role, Selig will lead state business development efforts, including developing new client relationships, attaining new business and broadening the firm’s work and support of U.S. state governments. Selig will also lead Lewin’s state operations work with Optum®, leveraging the strengths of both organizations to address client needs.

“Our clients can usually identify their challenges, but they want our help in developing solutions,” says Lewin Group President Lisa Chimento. “John not only brings creative ideas to the table, he is particularly skilled at strategizing on how to move from ideas to implementation. Under John’s leadership as the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas has built a national reputation in health transformation. He has relationships with leaders around the country and will increase Lewin’s visibility and access to new markets.”

A career of public service

Selig has more than 25 years of experience in senior state government positions, focusing on innovation and responsiveness in health and human services. He is particularly adept at forming and driving leadership teams to design, develop and implement initiatives to enhance value and increase quality and customer service.

As the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (2005–2016), Selig was appointed by three governors (two Republican and one Democrat) and led the state’s largest agency with an $8 billion budget, 7,500 employees, 1.5 million clients and more than 80 offices and specialized health facilities.

As director, Selig led numerous program transformations that cut costs and improved performance, including:

  • Design and implementation of Arkansas’ nationally recognized “Private Option” approach to Medicaid expansion
  • A multi-payer transformation of the state’s health care system from fee-for-service to episode-based payments and patient-centered medical homes
  • Automating and integrating operations across the department
  • Three straight years of record low growth in Medicaid expenditures
  • Overhauling the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Selig’s previous positions include serving as the state’s director of Behavioral Health and director of In-Home Health Services. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University.