USC Price School of Public Policy

Ellen Riley

Ellen Riley

Senior Vice President
Kaufman Hall & Associates

Ms. Riley is a Senior Vice President of Kaufman Hall and has worked out of the Los Angeles office since 1988. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her experience and responsibilities include developing and providing senior level consulting in all aspects of strategic financial and capital planning, development of capital allocation processes and providing financial advisory services in support of debt transactions and business valuations. Ms. Riley has worked with a diverse group of clients including healthcare systems, academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, community hospitals and children’s hospitals. Ms. Riley is a regular speaker on healthcare finance topics at Healthcare Financial Management Association regional and local chapter educational programs, National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, National Council of Health Facilities Finance Authorities and Healthcare Transactions. Additionally, Ms. Riley has been a guest lecturer on healthcare finance topics at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health to graduate students in the Masters of Public Health program. Ms. Riley is currently serving as a member of the USC Sol Price School of Policy’s Health Advisory Board and is an adjunct professor teaching for the USC Sol Price School of Policy’s Health Administration program.

Prior to joining Kaufman Hall, Ms. Riley was a Manager in the Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young in the firm’s Western Region Healthcare Finance and Business Planning Group. During her six years at Ernst & Young, Ms. Riley directed consulting engagements for healthcare organizations in the areas including financial feasibility assessment, business evaluation and planning, capital planning and formation, acquisition valuation and Certificate of Need preparation.

Before joining the consulting practice at Ernst & Young, Ms. Riley was a Project Analyst in the Corporate Acquisitions and Development Department at National Medical Enterprises, Inc. in Santa Monica, California. In that capacity, she was responsible for financial analyses and due diligence related to hospital acquisition and development projects. Ellen holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Graduate School of Business Administration in finance and marketing and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego, graduating with high honors, Magna Cum Laude.