George C. Halvorson

George Halvorson is Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. He has served for more than 30 years as CEO of six different health care delivery and financing organizations in the U.S., and he helped start similar health care organizations in several other countries. Halvorson served for more than a decade as Chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, beginning that role in 2002.

Halvorson is currently Chair of the First 5 Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. In 2013 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Halvorson to a four-year term as Chair, and then re-appointed him to another four years in 2017. The Commission uses roughly $500 million each year — raised from tobacco taxes — to provide support and education to children in California from birth to 5 years old.

Halvorson is a member of the Right Start Commission for Children in the State of California, and an advisory council member for the Too Small To Fail Commission. He currently serves as a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the Ready Nation coalition.

The Institute for InterGroup Understanding works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination, misogyny, and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has written four books on those topics, which are all available as teaching materials from the Institute.

Electronic versions of the InterGroup books can be downloaded or read directly from the Institute for InterGroup Understanding website at no charge. (Hard copies of the books are available at

The books and the Institute website explain how our instinctive behaviors steer us into conflict in various intergroup settings, and outline and explain the steps we should take to create intergroup Peace.

Halvorson recently revised The Art of InterGroup Peace — his book on achieving intergroup peace around the world — into its Third Edition, which can be downloaded for free at the Institute for InterGroup Understanding website.

Three Key Years, one of Halvorson’s most recent titles, is paramount to early childhood education, and explains the importance of positive interactions between caring adults and infants in their first three years of life. Halvorson also designed, a website dedicated to educating new parents on the simple steps they should take in a child’s first three years to improve their lives forever.