Myrl Weinberg, M.A., C.A.E., is President of the National Health Council, an umbrella organization that has served as the place where “the health community meets” for 84 years. The Council’s 105 members are national health-related organizations. Its goals are to promote quality health care for all people, to promote the importance of medical research, and to promote the role of voluntary health agencies, also called patient-based groups. Ms. Weinberg’s career has focused on health, medical research, long-term care, social security, and related issues that affect persons with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. Before joining the Council, Ms. Weinberg held numerous managerial positions at the American Diabetes Association, including serving as Vice President for Corporate Relations and Public Affairs. Ms. Weinberg has a long history of board and committee service, including serving as a member of the IOM Health Sciences Policy Board. She was honored to be selected to serve on the congressionally mandated IOM committee created to assess how research priorities are established at the NIH. Most recently, she served on the National Research Council/IOM Committee on the Organizational Structure of the NIH. In addition, Ms. Weinberg serves as Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations. She also serves on the Roche Genetics Science and Ethics Advisory Committee and as a founding member for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. Ms. Weinberg pursued advanced graduate study at Purdue University. She holds an M.A. in special education from George Peabody College and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Arkansas.
Anne F. Weiss, M.P.P., is Team Director and a Senior Program Officer at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She directs the Foundation’s Quality/Equality programming, including its signature initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality. Before joining the Foundation in 1999, she was Senior Assistant Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services, where she oversaw the state’s regulation of hospitals and health plan quality. She also served as Executive Director of New Jersey’s health reform commission in the mid-1990s and led the design and implementation of Health Access New Jersey, a subsidized health benefits plan. Before going to New Jersey, Ms. Weiss spent 10 years in Washington, DC, where she was a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and a Senior Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget. She began her career in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Weiss holds an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a B.A. from Wellesley College.