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Heather Howard

Heather Howard is a lecturer in public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, a research associate at the Center for Health and Well-being, and director of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs: the State Health Reform Assistance Network, which provides technical assistance to states implementing the Affordable Care Act, and State Health and Value Strategies, which supports state efforts to enhance the value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services.  She served as New Jersey's commissioner of health and senior services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a budget of $3.5 billion and staff of 1,700, responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, senior services, and health care policy and research. 

Previously, Howard served as Governor Jon Corzine's chief policy counsel.  She also has significant federal experience, having worked as Senator Jon Corzine's chief of staff, as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and as senior policy advisor for First Lady Hillary Clinton, as an honors attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Health Care Task Force, and for the U.S. House of Representatives.  Howard received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, serving a judicial clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and her B.A. from Duke University.  She also serves on the Princeton Council.