Elizabeth J. Fowler to Join the Commonwealth Fund as Executive Vice President for Programs and Melinda Abrams Promoted to Senior Vice President
New York, NY, July 16, 2019 — Liz Fowler, a leading health policy expert in both the public and private sectors, will join the Commonwealth Fund as Executive Vice President for Programs on July 23. She will be based at the foundation’s New York City headquarters. At the same time, Melinda Abrams, Vice President for Delivery System Reform, has been promoted to Senior Vice President overseeing the Delivery System Reform and International Health Policy programs.
Fowler most recently served as Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson. In that role, she focused on health care delivery system and payment reform in the U.S. and health care systems and reform in emerging markets. Prior to that position, she was a special assistant to President Barack Obama on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council, and occupied key positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she assisted with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to her work in the administration, Fowler was Chief Health Counsel to former Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus, served as Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs for WellPoint, Inc. (now Anthem), and as an attorney with the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson. She also spent nearly five years as a health services researcher with Park Nicollet Foundation in Minnesota.
Fowler earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court...