Director, State Health Reform Assistance Network
Lecturer in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
322 Wallace Hall
Heather Howard served as New Jersey's Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a staff of approximately 1,750 and budget of $3.6 billion in state and federal funds. She was responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, hospital financing, senior services, and health care policy and research. Previously, she served as Governor Jon Corzine's Chief Policy Counsel. She also has significant federal experience, having worked in the U.S. Senate for five years, 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.
Heather now directs the State Health Reform Assistance Network, a Robert Wood Johnson initiative, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The State Network provides technical assistance to 10 selected states, working with newly formed health insurance exchanges, Medicaid agencies, insurance departments and other state agencies to effectively implement the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions. More information on the State Network can be found at www.statenetwork.org.