Our knowledgeable and talented team of Zetema Staff and Fellows are committed to creating a forum that stimulates the productive exchange of diverse, expert opinion on the many facets of the US healthcare system.

The Zetema Project was founded in 2016 by Mark Zitter, a healthcare services entrepreneur concerned about the state of US healthcare. More specifically, Mark was worried that the poorly informed and non-productive national conversation about healthcare was unlikely to lead to positive changes in the system. He created Zetema as a way to improve the quality and productivity of that conversation.

The Zetema Project membership consists of a group of approximately 35 Panelists and 10 Contributors representing a wide variety of political viewpoints and industry stakeholder groups. Panelists meet three times annually, with the inaugural meeting held January 2017. Zetema Panelist meetings are closed to the public; press attend by invitation only.

To maximize candor, all Zetema Project members and on-site press follow a modified Chatham House Rule. Under this policy, the list of attendees and all content discussed are made public but there is no attribution to individuals without their explicit consent. We feel that it’s more important to hear the arguments and counter-arguments than to know who said what. In fact, separating the statement from the speaker can focus attention on the merits of the argument itself, fostering reasoned thinking over partisan affiliation. Most panelists will express individually attributed views on our site via blog posts, live chats, and brief video statements throughout the year.

The Zetema Project is fully independent of any financial or political interests. All participants donate their time and pay their own travel expenses.

The project is funded by the chair, Mark Zitter. The Zetema Project is is a fiscally-sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation's largest fiscal sponsor.