Heather Howard is a member of the faculty at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is director of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs that provide technical assistance to help states implement the ACA and reform their health care delivery systems. She also teaches courses in implementation of the Affordable Care Act, state and local health policy, public health and politics, and the social determinants of health.
She served as New Jersey's Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a budget of $3.5 billion and staff of 1,700, responsible for public health services. Previously, she served as Governor Jon Corzine’s Chief Policy Counsel, directing his policy agenda. She also has significant federal experience, having worked as Senator Corzine's Chief of Staff, as Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Senior Policy Advisor for First Lady Hillary Clinton, as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Health Care Task Force, and for the U.S. House of Representatives.
She received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law. She lives in Princeton with her husband and teenage son and is an elected member of the Princeton Council.