Suzanne Wikle

Project Director, Advancing Strategies for Aligning Programs (ASAP)
Policy expertise: 
Cross-Program Benefit Access
Health and Mental Health
Income and Work Supports

Suzanne Wikle is project director for Advancing Strategies for Aligning Programs (ASAP), which works with state advocates to streamline and integrate their enrollment and retention systems for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ASAP is a multi-state initiative led by CLASP in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Ms. Wikle’s leadership includes strategic guidance, working with state advocates to advance their agendas, serving as a policy expert, and providing a national perspective. She brings policy expertise on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, as well as state advocacy experience. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Wikle spent seven years at Kansas Action for Children (KAC), where she directed all advocacy and legislative priorities around children’s health. Her advocacy work included advancing a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expansion, an overhaul of child care licensing standards, advancing strategies to reduce infant mortality, and an expansion of the newborn screening program. She also served as statewide project director of the Kansas Dental Project, an effort led by KAC to add mid-level dental providers to the workforce. Following her work at KAC, she served as senior policy analyst at Community Catalyst, focusing on the first ACA open enrollment period. In that capacity, she provided policy and enrollment knowledge to navigators and enrollment assisters as well as tracked obstacles to enrollment across the states. Ms. Wikle holds a master of social work, with an emphasis on administration and advocacy practice, from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.