has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, her health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, has flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, she moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989–1990; as principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton’s first term; as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008–2011); and, today, as an institute fellow at the Urban Institute.
Dr. Feder matches her own contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As dean from 1999 to 2008, she built the Georgetown Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policy making, policy research, and policy politics not only throughout Washington, but throughout the nation and the world.
Dr. Feder is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth; a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council; and a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In 2006 and 2008, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.
Dr. Feder is a political scientist with a B.A. from Brandeis University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
RICHARD G. FRANK, Ph.D., is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long-term care financing policy, and disability policy. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and he serves as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Dr. Frank received the John Eisberg Mentorship Award from National Research Ser-