Myisha M. Gatson is the Founder and CEO of Pearl Long Term Care Solutions, Inc. After the loss of her grandmother, Pearl Moore, in 2017, Myisha sought to find a way to honor her legacy and was subsequently catapulted into her calling - to innovate in the long-term care space. For the three years prior to her grandmother’s passing, Myisha’s family, like many others, struggled with the options that were available for long term care for her grandmother and the affordability of said options. The family spent countless hours on family conference calls trying to navigate the VA benefits she was entitled to, make sense of the Medicaid asset regulations, and reconcile the successful management and transfer of her grandmother’s assets. The experience motivated Myisha to try to find a better way and from that Pearl Long Term Care Solutions was born.
Myisha has over 15 years of experience in Health Care Policy, Grass Roots Advocacy, Government Relations, Alliance Development, and Research. Before starting Pearl LTC Solutions, Myisha served as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances for PhRMA, where she built collaborative partnerships and coordinated outreach to multicultural and LGBT communities. She has dedicated her career to combating health disparities and ensuring that all people have access to quality medicine and care. Myisha delivers with expertise in strategic campaigns at local, state and national levels; community outreach and engagement; public policy and analysis; government relations and training and development.
Before joining PhRMA in 2016, Myisha served as the Director of Provider & Hospital Engagement for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. She provided strategic guidance to the HHS Secretary and the IEA Director on issues affecting providers, hospitals and health systems nationwide. In a previous role with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, she helped states set up their marketplaces and implement the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Advocacy has been Myisha’s life’s passion. She has worked with many other organizations accomplishing good in the world, including working as the Program Officer for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Director of Mobilization for the Black AIDS Institute, and Director of the NAACP’s National Health Department.
As an entrepreneur, Myisha started her own consulting business and secured contracts with the AFSCME; The Schott Foundation for Public Education; AmFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and Amnesty International. Myisha is also the co-founder of the Black Angel Technology Investment Fund and the Black Angel Technology Innovation Foundation – two organizations founded by Black Stanford Alumni that seek to bridge the gap in technology funding by helping Blacks develop and launch entrepreneurial ventures.
Myisha has received numerous awards for her work in health policy and advocacy including the Debra Frazier-Howze Leadership Award from the Balm in Gilead, Inc., the Mobilization, Empowerment and Education Award from the Black AIDS Institute and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the HHS Office of the Secretary for her work organizing over 40 Provider organizations to make commitments to combat the opioid epidemic while working in the Obama administration. Myisha has spoken at countless conferences on a variety of health topics and her work has been spotlighted in a number of documentaries and podcasts.
In 2003, Myisha received her undergraduate degree in human biology with a concentration in medicine, law, and health policy from Stanford University. In May 2009, she received a master’s degree in public administration from New York University with a concentration in health policy and management. Myisha recently completed a joint MBA/MS in Finance from the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business. She currently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia with her husband Zephani Gatson and their two children Zion and Zuri Gatson.