Heather Howard

Heather Howard is a lecturer in public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she teaches courses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the social determinants of health, and state and local health policy, and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She is director of the State Health and Value Strategies program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program that provides technical assistance to support state efforts to enhance the quality and value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services.

Howard 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. 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 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. She received her B.A. degree from Duke University and her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law.


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