Judith Feder, PhD

Institute Fellow
Health Policy Center
The Urban Institute
Professor of Public Policy
Public Policy Institute
Georgetown University
3520 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202/687-6163

Judith Feder, PhD, is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. She is also an institute fellow at the Urban Institute. A widely published scholar, Dr. Feder's health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, included an earlier stint at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, has continued at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, she moved from policy research to policy leadership. She served as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) from 1989 to 1990, was principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton's first term, and was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Feder matches her own contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As dean from 1999 to 2008, she built the Georgetown Public Policy Institute into one of the nation's leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policymaking, policy research, and policy politics, not only throughout Washington but throughout the nation and the world. Dr. Feder is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth; a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council; 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 PhD degree from Harvard University.

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