Alan Weil, Director
Alan became the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs on June 1, 2014. For the previous decade he was the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization. Previously, he directed the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project; held a cabinet position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing; and was assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Rachel Dolan, Deputy Director
Rachel is the Special Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Health Affairs. Prior to joining Health Affairs, Rachel worked at Families USA on implementation of eligibility policy, the application process and supporting programs that train in-person assisters. Previously, she spent four years at the National Academy for State Health Policy working with states on health reform implementation, particularly on issues related to marketplaces and consumer assistance. Rachel has an MPP from the McCourt School at Georgetown University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts.
Ruth Katz, Executive Director, Health, Medicine and Society Program
Ruth J. Katz is Director of the Health, Medicine and Society (HMS) Program at the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. The HMS Program draws on the expertise of a diverse group of leaders in health and heath policy to inform the national conversation on health, medicine, and biomedical research.
Ms. Katz joined the Aspen Institute after serving from 2009 to 2013 as Chief Public Health Counsel (Democratic Staff) with the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee has legislative jurisdiction over virtually every domestic health program, including Medicare, Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration, and national health reform efforts. Ms. Katz was the lead Democratic committee staff on the public health components of the health reform initiative passed by the House of Representatives in November 2009.
Katya Wanzer, Senior Program Associate, Health, Medicine and Society Program
Katya Wanzer is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Health, Medicine and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. Katya has an extensive background in public health, spanning from AIDS research in San Francisco at the height of the epidemic through Environmental/Occupational Health monitoring directly after 9/11 in New York City, to promoting Health IT adoption and emergency response services for the Virginia Department of Health. Born and raised in New Mexico, Katya earned a BA in Humanities from San Francisco State University, a Master of Public Health degree from Hunter College in New York City, and a Health IT career certificate from Northern Virginia Community College. She is currently a resident of Alexandria, Virginia and serves on the city’s Public Health Advisory Commission.