Board of Directors

Manuel A. Lopes

Manny was elected to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Board in 2017. As a director, he helps set the company’s strategy and overall direction. Within a highly competitive and highly regulated business environment, the board oversees and governs BCBSMA's operations, which includes the provision of health coverage to individuals and public and private employers. Manny serves as vice chair of the board’s health care quality and affordability committee and is a member of the audit committee. 

Manny is a transformational leader in the community health care movement. He has devoted his career to increasing health care access for vulnerable, underserved patient populations and improving outcomes for communities that are disproportionately burdened by negative social determinants of health.

He has served as CEO of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center since 2012. He first joined the health center at the age of 18 as a field researcher and has had roles in IT, human resources and operations. After a mid-career stint outside the health center during which he worked as a business consultant and project manager for Fortune 1,000 companies helping CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs redesign critical business processes, Manny rejoined EBNHC in 2004 as vice president and chief information officer.

Manny has played a key role in pushing for racial equity in the health center movement. In 2017, he co‑founded Conversations: Leadership Diversity, a network of 300-plus leaders from health centers across the country who are working to promote diverse leadership development in their organizations and beyond.

Manny currently serves on numerous health care and government boards and committees, including as chair of the Boston Public Health Commission and chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation board of directors. He is founding chair of the board of Community Care Cooperative (C3), a FQHC accountable care organization. Manny was also privileged to serve on the transition committees for Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker.

In 2015, Manny was awarded the NAACP President’s Award by the organization’s Boston chapter. In 2017, he was named to El Planeta’s list of the 100 most influential leaders in Greater Boston’s Latino community for the third year in a row. In 2017, Manny was named to the “Get Konnected” list of Boston’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Manny attended Lesley University School of Management and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business.