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.
Alexandra Reichert, Deputy Director
Alexandra (Allie) Reichert is a Research Assistant at the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security. Prior to joining Georgetown, she worked at Health Affairs as a Coordinator. Previously, Allie received a Fulbright research scholarship to Ecuador to investigate health care inequalities among Kichwa women living in the highland and Amazonian regions of the country. Her primary research interests center on medical anthropology, women’s health, Latin America, and health equity. Allie graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Anthropology of Global Health
Ruth Katz, Executive Director, Health, Medicine and Society Program
Ruth Katz is director of Aspen Ideas Health, a vice president of the Aspen Institute, and executive director of its Health, Medicine & Society Program, which brings together groups of thought leaders, decision-makers, and the informed public to consider US health challenges and identify solutions. Previously, she was the Walter G. Ross Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she served as dean from 2003 to 2009. From 1997 to 2003, Katz was associate dean for administration at Yale University School of Medicine. She also served as chief public health counsel to the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee on the Affordable Care Act.
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.