Ali Santore, 40
Executive vice president and chief advocacy officer, Providence
Santore had a leading role in advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels during the pandemic, especially related to gaining access to personal protective equipment, testing and federal funding, as well as lobbying to get eviction moratoriums passed. Leading up to the 2020 election, she developed the Vote for Health Campaign, which registered over 10,000 people to vote. Her efforts included partnerships with local Catholic parishes to reach out to minority and underserved communities. She’s also played a key role in the health system’s efforts—along with 11 other systems—to spend $1 billion of their purchasing power with women- and minority-owned businesses over the next five years and she’s advocating within Providence to become carbon neutral by 2030.