Elizabeth Fowler is currently Executive Vice President for the Commonwealth Fund. Prior to her work with the Commonwealth Fund, Liz was Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson where she focused on delivery system and payment reform in the U.S. and health care systems reform in emerging markets. Liz was also former special assistant to President Obama on healthcare and economic policy at the National Economic Council.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where her research focused on risk adjustment, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liz is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
During the health reform debate in 2009-2010, she was Chief Health Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role in developing the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act. She also played a key role in drafting the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Liz has nearly 25 years of experience in health policy and health services research.