White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly chose his former college roommate to join his team to develop a nationwide coronavirus testing strategy, according to Business Insider. That plan was never implemented, with one member of the team saying it "just went poof into thin air.”
- Vanity Fair first reported that Adam Boehler, who was Kushner’s roommate one summer while they were students at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, respectively, is the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, which was founded in 2018 as part of the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act.
- Boehler has a background in private equity and was the founder and CEO of Landmark Health, which has described itself as the nation’s largest provider of at-home care. Boehler was also appointed to the position of Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Department of Health and Human Services in 2018.
- Though Boehler has a medical background, he lacks a medical degree and took a spot on Kushner’s team that could have easily gone to a government official like Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health.
- Insider noted that “Kushner's preference for private sector outsiders over government officials with credentialed expertise is part of a larger pattern that has been the subject of copious reporting, with career FEMA officials deriding Kushner's "impact team" as the "Slim Suit Crowd" in a New York Times story.”