Heather Howard is a lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she teaches courses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the social determinants of health, state and local health policy, and policies to address gun violence. She is director of the State Health and Value Strategies program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program that provides technical assistance to states to support efforts to transform health and health care. She served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, and last year co-chaired New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s health care transition team. She also has significant federal experience, having worked as Senator Jon 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 as a legislative assistant for Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law. Follow her @heatherhhoward.