Speaker Biography


Luncheon Speaker’s Biography April 23, 2018



Judy Feder is a widely published health policy scholar and a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. She is one of the nation’s leaders in health policy–most particularly, in efforts to understand and improve the nation’s health insurance system. Together with Sheila Burke, she is co-chair of the study panel on long-term care at the National Academy of Social Insurance, of which she is a founding member.  From 1999 to 2008, she served as dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.  She built this Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools. Her health policy research began at the Brookings Institution and includes an earlier stint at the Urban Institute.

She served as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health Care (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) and is widely credited with setting the stage for the health reform debate of the 1990s. She became a key actor in that debate as a senior official in the Clinton Administration. In her three years as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, Feder helped shape the Administration’s health care policy, working intensively with members of Congress and with the national media to promote the expansion of health care coverage.

Dr. Feder is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, of the National Academy of Public Administration, and of the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is an institute fellow at the Urban Institute; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth, a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the fields of health services research and health policy; and a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Dr. Feder is a political scientist, with a BA degree from Brandeis University, and a master’s and a PhD degree from Harvard University.